Lieutenant Shepherd was raised in Middle Township, where he attended Middle Township Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating with the Class of 1991. Growing up in Middle Township, Lieutenant Shepherd played football and baseball for the Middle Township Recreation leagues. At the age of 19, Lieutenant Shepherd began his Law Enforcement career as a Class 1 Special Law Enforcement Officer for the Avalon police Department in Avalon, NJ. Lieutenant Shepherd worked two summers as a Class One officer for Avalon Police Department until he attended the Cape May County Police Academy Class 2 Special Law Enforcement Officer Program. Lieutenant Shepherd then worked as Class 2 Special Officer for Avalon PD for the summers of 1996 and 1997. In September 1997, he was hired as a full time Police Officer by the Avalon Police Department where he attended and graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy in January of 1998.
In July of 1998, Lieutenant Shepherd was hired by and transferred to the Middle Township Police Department where he started as a Patrolman. During his time as a Patrolman, he served assignments on the department’s SWAT Team, the Police Motorcycle Unit, the Honor Guard and the Street Crimes Unit. Lieutenant Shepherd also served three years as the Department’s representative to the Police Benevolent Association, Local 59. When the Cape May County SWAT Team was formed in 2006, Lieutenant Shepherd then served as member of this Team until 2008. In 2008, he transferred from the SWAT Team and became a Police Scuba diver for the Middle Township Police Department’s Marine Search and Recovery Dive Team.
In October of 2008, Lieutenant Shepherd was assigned as a Detective to the Middle Township Police Department’s Major Crime Unit. He served two years in this capacity until being promoted to the rank of Sergeant and taking command of a patrol squad within the patrol division. Lieutenant Shepherd served 5 ½ years as the Sergeant of the Middle Township Police Department’s Delta Squad. During this time, Lieutenant Shepherd attended and graduated from The New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership academy.
In August, 2016, Lieutenant Shepherd was Promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant where he was assigned as the Operations Commander until November of 2020. In November of 2020, Lieutenant Shepherd was reassigned as an Administrative Lieutenant where his duties consist of Supervising the Major Crimes Unit and the Street Crimes Unit, Internal Affairs Investigator, reviewing all Investigations, Megan’s Law Liaison, assistant public information and social media officer, Bias Crime officer, Internship Coordinator, overseeing the evidence function, along with other functions falling within the administration branch of the department.