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Commander Sharon Raydor is the commanding officer of the LAPD's Major Crimes Division on Major Crimes until “Conspiracy Theory, Part 4”​ of Season 6.

Sharon was previously the commanding officer of the Force Investigation Division (FID) on The Closer.

Character InformationEdit

According to Sharon in “Risk Assessment”, she initially planned to go to law school and become a lawyer. However, she took a job as a police officer to pay her husband's way through law school first and he was supposed to return the favor. After having two children and Jack leaving, her dreams of going to law school ended but by then, Sharon knew she liked the law a lot more than she liked lawyers. She also liked the idea of saving people from bad things more as well.

In her first appearance, she worked at the Force Investigation Division (FID), a division of the LAPD's Professional Standards Bureau which scrutinizes LAPD officer-involved shootings and other uses of force. She investigated Sgt. Gabriel after he was involved in a shooting with a homicide suspect.(“Red Tape”)

In “Reloaded”, Sharon was transferred from the Force Investigation Division to the Major Crimes Division after the retirement of Deputy Chief Johnson, making her the division's new commanding officer, much to the chagrin of Lt. Provenza who had been acting as the Major Crimes Division's Commanding Officer with hopes of retaining his command in the future. When Sharon arrived on the scene of a botched grocery store robbery where three suspects were killed, two in the commission of the crime by SIS detectives and one later when he was shot in a police car waiting for FID to remove him from the scene, Lt. Provenza was less than pleased when Sharon wanted to be brought up to speed on the investigation, stating that he doesn't owe her a briefing.

At this point, Assistant Chief Russell Taylor informed Provenza that Sharon was transferred from FID to Major Crimes, therefore making her Provenza's boss. After the reveal, she demanded a briefing from Provenza, which he was now required to give her, and Provenza told her that she was late and even though she is his ranking officer, he was still the incident commander and that he would not be halting the search for heavily armed suspects just so she, or anyone else, could "catch up". After this, Provenza left the scene with most of MCD personnel, and Sharon told Chief Taylor that they should've waited to tell him about the transfer.

When she returned to LAPD headquarters, Sharon called in Det. Amy Sykes, the lead SIS detective who was following the suspects, and was going over her report on the incident as she needed to "catch up" and the rest of Major Crimes was focused on finding the robbers. She commended Sykes for following protocol, because Sykes felt that it was important to remain at the scene for FID even though it angered Lt. Provenza. Amy also congratulated her on the transfer to Major Crimes and regarded it as a well deserved transfer. This showed Amy's completely different attitude towards Sharon than what she originally let Provenza understand (Amy told Provenza that she thought Raydor's FID regulations were "crazy".)

When the division came back from collecting evidence from the suspects' apartments, Sharon wanted to know if the suspects had anything else in common than their military service. None of the MCD members wanted to answer her question in a silent protest over the way Lt. Provenza was replaced by an "outsider". Chief Taylor encouraged the division to work with Raydor so they could catch the heavily armed robbers, to which Provenza noted that Taylor most likely waited for exactly this moment to replace him, just so he could give his speech on "pulling together for the good of the city". Afterwards, Provenza noted that they were going to "pull together", not because of Taylor or Raydor, but because it is their duty. After Provenza's little outburst, the rest of MCD started to open up and they started going through the suspects' stuff to find a connection between them.

Later at the morgue, Lt. Andy Flynn had an angry outburst toward Sharon because she hasn't bothered to learn the victims' names, and also because every problem MCD has had during the investigation, especially regarding the identities of the robbers, was because of Sharon and the policies she had created at FID that forced Larry Martin to remain on the scene of the crime, which cost him his life. This outburst gave Sharon the idea that the robbers had knowledge of LAPD procedures, as the LAPD is the only police department in the U.S. which would have held Larry Martin at the crime scene. After sharing her thoughts with Andy, they remembered that the original investigating officer, Detective Miller, mentioned he had a son who had served in the military and that every time they were staking out a store in case the robbers showed up, they were somewhere else. Andy combed through the firing range user logs where all of the other victims had been visiting and found Greg Miller's name, the son of Det. Miller, who lives at home.

When the case was closed, Sharon arranged the transfer of Det. Amy Sykes from SIS to Major Crimes, as she wanted someone in the division who actually liked her, much to the annoyment of Lt. Provenza who considers Amy the biggest two-faced ass kisser he had ever met.

At the start of “Before and After”, Cynthia from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was doing a home inspection as Sharon's apartment to determine if it would be a good home for Rusty Beck. This inspection made her unable to respond to a homicide where MCD was called to, prompting a call from Lt. Provenza who asked her if she would grace them with her presence at the crime scene, after which Sharon asked Provenza if he's suddenly over his head without his supervising officer. Later, Lt. Provenza asked Det. Sykes to gather up a background report on their victim so they would know what they are up against and Sykes found out that the victim has been accused of a sexual assault and proceeds to tell that to Sharon while she is in the middle of an interview with the victim's wife, upsetting her greatly. This also angered Provenza, as he was the one who asked for the report and therefore Sykes should have reported to him, not Raydor. Lt. Flynn also commented that Sykes was "smart and dumb at the same time" to which Provenza noted that she wasn't dumb but rather she was choosing sides.

After this conversation, Sharon met with Asst. Chief Taylor in his office and told him about Sykes' ill timed announcement but also of Lt. Provenza's anger toward Sykes because she reported directly to Sharon. Taylor noted that they would just have to wait out Provenza until he realizes that he would have never gotten command of MCD permanently. Sharon noted that one issue that might be confusing Provenza is their rank, as Captain is only one step higher than Lieutenant, and Taylor and Chief Pope had promised her a promotion to Commander when she transferred to Major Crimes. Taylor told Sharon that there is a freeze on all promotions for budget reasons and she should be happy with the transfer but Sharon points out that the promotion freeze doesn't seem to affect Assistant Chiefs (referring to Taylor's recent promotion). Taylor also noted that the transfer was the promotion because of her background in internal affairs and because she has already qualified for retirement. This left Sharon feeling a bit dissapointed and betrayed, but now she could relate with Lt. Provenza a bit better as now neither of them had gotten everything they wanted.

Later, when Sharon and DDA Hobbs were discussing the deal they would offer the killer, Provenza was furious that they would offer them a deal of involuntary manslaughter with only probation and no jail time. Provenza went to get Chief Taylor to show him what Sharon was up to but he was slightly pacified when Sharon and Hobbs "destroyed" the killer's defense and pumped up the charge to first degree murder. When DDA Hobbs and the killer's defense finally agreed on a deal, the charge was manslaughter with an 11-year sentence. When Provenza asked Chief Taylor if this is how it would be in the future, Taylor noted that MCD just closed a case in 48-hours after finding the body and with no physical evidence. Taylor also commented that he doesn't know if it's always going to be like this but he seriously hopes so, because he just saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in trial expenses which he can use for overtime and DNA tests. After Taylor left, Provenza commented to himself that he would quit.

Back at the Major Crimes' murder room, Provenza was packing up his desk and noted that his whole career could fit in one cardboard box. Flynn told Provenza that dirt bags get deals everyday and asked him why he was so upset about the concept. Provenza noted that he wasn't upset about the deal but rather because of Capt. Raydor. Provenza told the division that after four wives, five divorces, six Chiefs, three partners, and two parakeets who lived alot longer than he expected them to live, he doesn't want to get forced into another longstanding, unhappy relationship.

At this point, Sharon returned and told Provenza that she agreed with him fully, after which the rest of MCD "left for coffee" so Sharon and Provenza could talk in private. When they were alone, Sharon asked Provenza if she should say how much she appreciated his service and experience or should she remind him that both of them are probably dealing with misconceptions about the other? Sharon also asked Provenza if they could improve their work relationship with a dinner and a drink, to which Provenza aswered "God, no". Provenza did admit to Sharon that it wasn't just about her but also because of everything he had given to the LAPD, anyone else beside him as the MCD's Commanding Officer is an insult and it's not fair. After this, Sharon noted that Provenza has been a homicide detective for a long time and still he expects life to be fair. Provenza told Sharon that if he were to stay, he would only complain and point out Sharon's mistakes. Sharon asked Provenza if he is not experienced enough to speak his mind with her and still remember her rank, to which Provenza answered that of course he is, he just doesn't want to. Afterwards, they both agreed that the situation just sucks and that Provenza would stay at Major Crimes until he found someplace completely fair to work at.

In “Medical Causes”, it appears that the rift between Sharon and Provenza has started to heal following their conversation at the end of “Before and After”. This can be seen by the fact that Provenza was no longer overtly hostile towards Sharon and he even offered her support when she was arranging the return of Sharon Beck, Rusty's biological mother, to Los Angeles. At the crime scene, when Lt. Flynn wanted to open the suspect's purse, which was closed, by claiming it had opened during the car crash. Provenza told him that they needed a truce with Sharon and they needed to follow protocol and get a search warrant beforehand so the investigation would not be jeopardized for the sake of the multiple victims. When Flynn finally managed to get a search warrant for the purse, he opened it with Det. Sanchez and the two searched it's contents at the hospital the suspect was being treated in, during which Sharon arrived and asked Flynn if he had a search warrant. Flynn showed Sharon the warrant and asked her if she though Andy was "new at this", even though he previously wanted to just open the purse without permission.

Later, when MCD located Sharon Beck, everyone gave her money so she could come to Los Angeles by bus. Lt. Flynn promised to take her and Rusty to dinner but Provenza asked Sharon if she would have wanted to go herself, which she didn't, stating that she would want the dinner to be as easy as possible for Rusty and her presence might make things awkward. When Flynn and Rusty were waiting for Sharon Beck at the bus station, Flynn found out that she had gotten of the bus at Bakersfield. This caused Rusty to run away after which Flynn broadcasted a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) out for Rusty in hopes of finding him. Provenza promised Sharon that he and Flynn would stay at work until Rusty was found and further comforted her by saying that Rusty would turn up and to not worry. When Sharon returned home, she found Rusty there waiting for her, giving her great relief, followed by a call to Provenza so they could call of the search for Rusty and go home themselves.

Sharon as the MCD's Commanding Officer is very different from Brenda Leigh Johnson. Where Brenda was a very hands-on leader and investigator because of her background in the state department and the CIA, Sharon is more administrative in nature, trusting that her detectives can handle standard day-to-day operations without constant oversight. This can be seen in the fact that while Brenda responded to every crime the MCD was called to, Sharon only responds to crimes that are particularly gruesome or higher profile than usual. The change in leadership style allowed Sharon and Provenza to reach something of an understanding, which meant that when the division is deployed on the field without Sharon, Provenza can be seen in a supervisory role and being in command of the division, something that he always wanted. Even when Sharon is present at a crime scene, she still defers to Provenza's expertise much of the time, causing them to develop a good working relationship.

In “The Ecstasy and the Agony”, Sharon responded to a crime MCD was called to as it was near the route she would have used to take Rusty to school. At the crime scene, she found a Israeli born naturalized U.S. citizen who was supposed to give a testimony in federal court over illegal drug trafficking committed by his cousin but because the victim had not yet testified, he was not under federal protection. This caused the involvement of FBI Special Agents Fritz Howard and Morris (Fritz as the FBI - LAPD Liaison and Morris as the lead investigator on the FBI's part). The FBI's involvement caused some problems for the LAPD because the victim's wife felt that they had been betrayed by the FBI and therefore didn't want to cooperate. After Sharon promised the wife that Morris would be kept clear, she started cooperating.

Later, when Sharon found out that the FBI had searched a house owned by the victim's cousin and that they found the same type of weapon that was used to kill the victim, Sharon was furious with the FBI over the fact that they did not tell her that. Morris and Howard told Sharon that if they told her that, they could have jeopardized their two-year investigation into a international drug ring, a risk they could not take. Sharon promised the FBI that she would not jeopardize their investigation and hatched a plan to get the cousin out of the house so Det. Sanchez and Det. Sykes could search it and recover the weapon. The plan was a partial success as they got the cousin out of the house without alerting him of the FBI's investigation but they did not find the weapon. However, when the cousin met a "intuitive life strategist" who had been having an affair with the victim's wife along with his, both the cousin and the victim's wife started cursing each other out, inadvertently giving more evidence to support both the LAPD and the FBI in their cases.

During the time between “Hindsight, Part 1”​ and “Hindsight, Part 5”​, Sharon is stated to be up for a new job as Chief of Security for the NFL. Sharon keeps having to put the interview off due to the investigation and presumably chooses not to take the job or not to take the interview as she retains her job in the Major Crimes Division afterwards.

In “White Lies, Part 1”​, serial killer Dwight Darnell opens fire in a courtroom, killing several people, including Assistant Chief Taylor. During the incident, Sharon shoots Darnell who later dies of his wounds. Sharon is left disturbed by the shooting as she feels no remorse for taking his life. This also leaves her without a boss, something she has not experienced and has not prepared for. Although Fritz Howard is assigned as the Acting Assistant Chief of Operations, the void above her does not go un-noticed as new people are lining up to fill that spot.

While Sharon repeatedly expresses no desire to take the job, both Deputy Chief Winnie Davis and Commander Leo Mason see her as a contender for the role. Davis causes problems for Sharon as a result, expressing vocal dislike for her and dissent for how Sharon runs Major Crimes and how much of the LAPD's resources it uses, while Mason expresses a desire for Sharon to take the position.

In “Intersection”​, Sharon has begun actively seeking the job, telling Provenza that it is due to the threat of Winnie Davis getting promoted that she is seeking to become Assistant Chief.

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Commanders stars given to Sharon

In “Shockwave, Part 2”​, after the arrest of Cristian Ortiz, it is revealed that Leo Mason was promoted to Assistant Chief and he promotes Sharon to the rank of Commander, the promotion she had been promised and long-denied when she was made head of Major Crimes. Mason and the now-Commander Raydor sit down to discuss how to change Major Crimes "into something better". Mason also noted that this promotion was because he does not want to give officers more responsibility without the authority to go with it, as whatever he has planned for the MCD's future, it may make Sharon's work a little bit more difficult.

In “Sanctuary City, Part 1”​, Sharon is still recovering from a nasty case of the flu alongside Tao and Wes Nolan. While investigating the disappearance of the "St. Joseph's Three," Sharon is shown to retain command of Major Crimes at the rank of Commander, but have access to a broader set of resources than she had in the past. For example, Sharon is able to call in "a lot of dogs" for the search and have Assistant Chief Mason pass through a request for wiretapping warrants through the Narcotics Division to speed the process along. Sharon's new rank sees her working closely with Mason who monitors the investigation and gives her help, but lets Sharon lead. With Julio on bereavement leave following the death of his mother, Sharon has Buzz take an active role in the investigation and runs Buzz's equipment herself when Buzz conducts an interrogation for her. After one of the boys is found dead outside of St. Joseph of Nazareth's, a school that Ricky, Emily and Rusty all attended, Sharon gets visibly and audibly emotional.

During the investigation, Sharon learns of a fifth death connected to the past of Phillip Stroh. With the mounting evidence of Stroh's return, protection is ordered for Rusty, Emma Rios and Brenda Leigh Johnson with Sharon considering adding Linda Rothman to the list. Sharon is forced to inform Rusty of Stroh's possible return and he tells Sharon that he wants to become "more proficient" in protecting himself, but Sharon is interrupted by Andy before Rusty can explain his meaning to her. In “Sanctuary City, Part 2”​, Rusty, with the help of Andy, convinces Sharon to help him get a concealed weapon's permit so that Rusty can carry a gun to defend himself if Stroh comes after him. Seeing the sense in Rusty's argument, Sharon agrees and begins training Rusty in using a gun. She is later able to get Rusty to agree to a protection detail as well using her medical condition.

At the end of “Sanctuary City, Part 3”​, while Sharon was angrily shouting at the FBI to leave the Major Crimes squad room after they withheld crucial information from them, she collapsed and subsequently hit her head. The division speculated that maybe she was just dehydrated and would return shortly but that turned out to not be the case (“Sanctuary City, Part 4”).

Lt. Provenza was placed in temporary command of MCD while Sharon was undergoing tests at the hospital, which revealed that she has cardiomyopathy, a virus that is attacking the lining of her heart. While it could clear up on its own, it could also develop to something more serious which would require surgery and possibly a heart transplant. As a result of her diagnosis, Sharon expresses doubts about marrying Andy in case something happens to her. However, Andy is insistent on still getting married and standing by Sharon no matter what.

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In “Sanctuary City, Part 5”​, Sharon has to deal with the stress of her children visiting while trying to close the case of the St. Joseph's Three. Following the arrest of Doctor Alan Redmond, Sharon finally marries Andy at St. Joseph of Nazareth's. She is walked down the aisle by her son Ricky.

In “Conspiracy Theory, Part 3”​, Sharon's cardiomyopathy is determined to be worse than feared and she is outfitted with a defibrillator-pacemaker and faces a possible heart transplant. At the end of the episode, Sharon collapses, though in “Conspiracy Theory, Part 4”​ she is confirmed to have survived due to the device implanted within her. Sharon faces the choice between a new device or a heart transplant, but chooses to forgo further treatment and live her life to the fullest after realizing that her own survival could ruin someone else's chances. To this end, Sharon privately records a couple of videos she leaves with Buzz and has her priest perform Last Rites.

Near the end of the episode, while getting a suspect to confess, Sharon gets extremely angry and yells, resulting in her heart seizing. Julio performs CPR and she is rushed to the hospital where she dies despite the doctors best efforts. Her doctor informs the grief-stricken Major Crimes team, Rusty, Andrea Hobbs, Leo Mason and Gus of her passing twenty minutes after her heart stopped for the last time and couldn't be restarted.

In “By Any Means, Part 1”​, Sharon receives a full LAPD funeral at St. Joseph's of Nazareth. Her eulogy is given by Provenza who, along with everyone else, is left incredibly emotional by her death. Due to the threat of Stroh's return, Buzz provides Sharon's family with the videos she made early despite Sharon's instructions to wait until a week after her funeral. Sharon's family views her emotional goodbyes together with Ricky and Emily affirming that Rusty is still their brother even with Sharon gone. In a private message to Rusty, Sharon urges him to seek help with dealing with Stroh and not go after him on his own. Based off of her own experiences, Sharon urges Rusty to see Stroh as a person and not a monster which will leave Rusty more vulnerable to Stroh.

While comforting Andy, Rusty states that according to the doctor, in the end, Sharon's heart didn't seize or skip a beat, it just stopped and Sharon's final interrogation had nothing to do with her death. After learning of Sharon's death, Stroh's accomplice asks if Stroh had anything to do with Sharon dying. Stroh admits that he didn't, but he enjoys the news. Its revealed that Sharon had collected a great deal of things related to her children's lives that she kept in a storage unit that they retrieve and go through after her death. She also left her condo to Andy who has lifetime residency of it. Sharon's children make it clear to Rusty that even with Sharon gone, he is still their brother and they want to be a part of his life.

Following her death, Sharon is mentioned often throughout “By Any Means, Part 1”​, “By Any Means, Part 2”, “By Any Means, Part 3”​ and “By Any Means, Part 4”​, particularly in relation to the Stroh case. Keeping in mind Sharon's message to him to relate to Stroh as a person and often quoting her words, Rusty is able to help make several major breakthroughs in the case, including determining where Stroh has actually gone to flee the country.

At the end of the series, after Stroh's death at Rusty's hands, he chooses to become a prosecutor following a deal with Provenza. After hearing the news, Hobbs states that Sharon would be very proud of Rusty and he stares into Sharon's former office where a vase of flowers sits on her desk, wondering if that would indeed be true. At the end of the series, the Major Crimes team looks into Sharon's office at the flowers in an apparent act of remembrance for their missing leader.

Relationships Edit

Family Edit

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Jack and Sharon Raydor

Sharon is estranged from her husband Jack, an attorney who moved to Las Vegas to gamble.

They have a son, named Richard, and a daughter Emily. She was the legal guardian of Rusty Beck, a homicide witness in the Phillip Stroh case, one of Chief Johnson's last cases in Major Crimes. In “Down the Drain”, Sharon was officially divorced and officially adopted Rusty. In the eyes of the Catholic Church however, she and Jack were still married and she could not get remarried within the church as a result. However, in “Bad Blood”​, after hearing of Sharon's engagement to Andy Flynn, Ricky and Emily are able to secure an annulment for her and force Jack to agree to it.

In “By Any Means, Part 1”​, there is no sign of Jack at Sharon's funeral. However, her kids mention visiting with him while they are in town following Sharon's death. Nothing is mentioned about how Jack reacted to the news.

Andy Flynn Edit

Sharon has developed a relationship with Lieutenant Andy Flynn over the course of Major Crimes, going with him as his date to his daughter's wedding and the Nutcracker among other things. When confronted by Flynn's daughter Nicole, both adamantly claim they are not dating though when Rusty points out how often they go out together into date-like environments, both are shown to be shocked by the revelation. Sharon asks Rusty about it afterwards and he tells her that she and Flynn are "not dating" several times a month.

In “Snitch”​, Flynn decides to ask her on an actual date and Sharon accepts. In “Hostage to Fortune”​, the two inform Assistant Chief Taylor of the change in their relationship, telling him they are "old school" dating. After Andy sold his house in Season 5, he has since moved in with Sharon and Rusty while they are looking for a bigger place to live in. In “Dead Drop”​, Andy proposes to Sharon which she accepts (“Bad Blood”). Thanks to the efforts of her three children, Sharon and Andy are both able to get annulments from their first marriages, enabling them to marry within the Catholic Church.

When Sharon collapsed at the end of “Sanctuary City, Part 3”​, Andy accompanied her to the hospital, where he was subsequently asked to leave the treatment room (along with Provenza and Rusty) when the doctor came to give Sharon her diagnosis. Later at the apartment, Sharon and Andy had a "heart-to-heart", where they discussed Sharon's diagnosis. While Sharon wanted to postpone their wedding claiming it wasn't fair for Andy, he did not share her thoughts stating that if they are not going to let Andy's heart get in the way of the marriage, they aren't going to let Sharon's heart do it either.

The only change Andy was willing to make was to skip the honeymoon, until they understand exactly what it is they're up against.

In “Sanctuary City, Part 5”​, Sharon marries Andy in a wedding at St. Joseph of Nazareth's walked down the aisle by her son Ricky. Sharon states that she has never been happier in her life. Though she dies shortly afterwards, Andy keeps up her wishes of protecting Rusty as he promised Sharon that he would do before her death. In a final message to Andy recorded with Buzz's camera shortly before she died, Sharon expresses her deep love for Andy and her regrets that they didn't have more time together.

Officer-involved shootingsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Her address is 4411 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Her phone number is 323-555-0112.
  • Maiden name is O'Dwyer as revealed in “Down the Drain”​.
  • She seems to occasionally get insights into a case when talking to Rusty as shown in “Cheaters Never Prosper”​ and “Turn Down”​.
  • After the shooting in “White Lies, Part 1”​, Sharon tells Flynn that she not only wrote the questions she will get asked by FID, but the answers too.
  • Before Sharon killed Dwight Darnell in “White Lies, Part 1”​, she had never taken a life before, as stated in “White Lies, Part 2”​.
  • Sharon shares a first name with her adopted son Rusty Beck's biological mother, Sharon Beck.
  • Andy Flynn notes in “White Lies, Part 3”​ that despite spending most of her career in Internal Affairs and her adherence to the rules, Sharon can in fact be very sneaky with how she does things.
  • In “White Lies, Part 3”​, Sharon states that she has no interest in being Russell Taylor's replacement which was suggested to her by Lt. Provenza. Despite her repeated assertions to this fact, both Deputy Chief Winnie Davis and Commander Leo Mason see her as a contender for the position, causing friction with Davis.
  • Despite the fact that she and Leo Mason are rivals for the position of Assistant Chief, he and Sharon are shown to have a friendly relationship as opposed to her fractious one with Winnie Davis. This relationship goes so far as the two sharing jokes about the process and Mason even giving Sharon tips on how to avoid his own mistakes. After his promotion to Assistant Chief, Mason goes so far as to promote Sharon as well and to show an obvious interest in working closely with her.
  • In “Shockwave, Part 1”​, Sharon states that commanding the Major Crimes Division is the happiest she's ever been in her professional life. In “Conspiracy Theory, Part 4”​, she states that she spent some of the best years of her life commanding Major Crimes.
  • Sharon's surprise promotion by Leo Mason to Commander in “Shockwave, Part 2”​ closely mirrors the surprise promotion of Commander Bill Adama to Rear Admiral by President Laura Roslin in the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica. Mary McDonnell portrays both Sharon and President Roslin, who in that case, was giving the surprise promotion rather than receiving it.
  • Following Sharon's death, Mary McDonnell is still credited in the opening credits of “By Any Means, Part 1”​ where Sharon appears in the form of her video messages. However, Mary is removed from the credits starting in “By Any Means, Part 2”​ where Sharon doesn't appear in any form.

Career Information Edit

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Captain Raydor's badge

  • Sharon's badge number as a Captain was 951753. As a Commander, her badge number is replaced by her rank insignia, one star. Interestingly, during her tenure as Commander, Sharon was never actually seen wearing her badge, it was only visible on a hospital table with the rest of her personal belongings after her second heart failure.
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Commander Raydor's badge

Ribbon Award name
LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Unit-Citation Police Meritorious Unit Citation

The Police Meritorious Unit Citation may be awarded to an organizational unit of the department for bravery or outstanding service by its members functioning as a team, but to a lesser degree than required for the Police Commission Unit Citation.

LAPD-Police-Medal-for-Heroism Police Medal

The Police Medal is an award for bravery, usually awarded to officers for individual acts of heroism in the line of duty, though not above and beyond the call of duty, as is required for the Medal of Valor.

  • Goof: Sharon could be seen wearing the Police Medal on her uniform but she was wearing the colors wrong way round, white on the left and red on the right.
LAPD-Human-Relations-Medal Human Relations Medal

The Human Relations Medal is awarded to officers who have in their day‑to‑day activities shown great compassion and have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their response to fellow human beings.

LAPD-Police-Life-Saving-Medal Police Life Saving Medal

The Police Life Saving Medal is an award for bravery, usually awarded to officers for taking action in order to rescue or attempt the rescue of either a fellow officer or any person from imminent danger.

LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Service-Medal Police Meritorious Service Medal

The Police Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service in a duty of great responsibility or of critical importance to law enforcement, but to a lesser degree than required for the Police Distinguished Service Medal.

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