Major Barry Shaw is an Atlanta native that joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1990, after serving four years in the United States Air Force. In January 2014, Major Shaw was appointed to the rank of Major. He was assigned to the Code Enforcement Section and was transferred to Zone 2 at the end of 2016.
After graduating from the Atlanta Police Academy as the valedictorian of Class 142, he was assigned to Zone One Evening Watch as a patrol officer. In 1995, he was assigned to the Auto Theft Task Force as one of the original six members. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and served as the watch supervisor in Zone 3 and Zone 5.
In 2001, He was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Zone 5 as the Evening Watch Commander. As a Lieutenant, Shaw also served as the commander of the Auto Theft Unit. In this position, he helped design and coordinate how the Criminal Investigations Division would respond to crime in every zone. He has also served as the commander of the Zone Six Investigations and Property Control Units. In November 2010, he was appointed to the rank of Captain and served as an Assistant Zone Commander for Zones One and Six.
Major Shaw has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience and is the proud father of four children. He is active with coaching youth athletics and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Leo University with a Criminal Justice degree.