A 1988 graduate of Olmsted Falls High School and the Polaris Law Enforcement (now Criminal Justice) program, Paul Shepard always had an interest in the criminal justice field. After graduating from high school, Shepard spent three years as a private security officer. He worked the next four years as a corrections officer for the City of North Royalton while working part-time security for Westgate Mall. After graduating from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in 1996, he joined the City of Fairview Park Police Department, where he has worked the last 20 years as a police officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant.
He teaches part-time for the Lorain County Community College Police Academy, the Polaris Private Security Academy and the Polaris Natural Resources Ranger Academy. He is the Commander of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau’s Hostage Negotiator Unit. He has also served a hostage negotiator, evidence technician, field training officer and Auxiliary Unit Liaison. He currently serves as his department’s Executive Officer.
He has volunteered on and off with the Greater Cleveland Peace Officer Memorial Society since 2007. He has acted as the law enforcement liaison, volunteered at various fundraisers and memorial weekend events. He has participated in the Society’s grave marker project since its inception. In 2015 Lt. Shepard was named the Greater Cleveland Memorial Society’s Officer of the Year.