Marisha A. Shepherd was appointed to the rank of Major on January 8, 2016 and has served the Atlanta Police Department for nearly 30 years.
Major Shepherd joined the Atlanta Police Department in October 1986. She began her law enforcement career as a foot patrol officer in the downtown area of Zone 5. Additional early assignments included vehicle patrol monitoring Vine City, the English Ave Community, the Atlanta University Corridor, Techwood, Herdon and Grady Homes, Midtown, Old Forth Ward and Underground Atlanta.
In the early 1990’s, she was selected to serve as one of the first centralized Crime Analysts in Zone 5. During this assignment, Shepherd was instrumental in identifying crime patterns and trends and her detailed reports assisted beat officers and investigators in identifying Part One Crime suspects. In 1993, she was transferred to Zone 2 and continued to serve as a Crime Analyst.
In 1998, Shepherd was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. She returned back to Zone 5 and held many supervisory positions. One of her most noted assignments included working with the late Coretta Scott King and the King Center in planning security for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commemorative Service and Parade.
In 2005, she was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Unit and assigned as the Commander over Financial Investigations. In this unit, she was responsible for tracking and reporting millions of dollars of ceased U. S. Currency, vehicles, and jewelry from suspected drug dealers.
In 2007, Shepherd was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Zone 4 Day Watch Commander. In 2010, she was transferred to the Airport Unit as the Day Watch Commander and helped to improve the Department’s Homeless Outreach Program. Under her leadership, the program developed more than 15 partnerships with social service agencies and enhanced the Department’s ability to serve homeless men, women and children. In 2014, Shepherd was appointed to the rank of Captain and remained at the Airport as the Assistant Commander. She continued the Homeless Outreach Initiative and assured that all Airport HOPE Officers received training in Crisis Intervention.
Over the course of her 29 years of service with the Atlanta Police Department, Major Shepherd has received numerous commendations. However, her proudest accolade was being recognized as the Supervisor of the Year in 2005.
Major Shepherd is a 2015 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute Program. She holds an Associate Degree in Criminology from Georgia Military College. Major Shepherd graduated cum laude from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She also has a Masters of Criminal Justice with a minor in Incident Command from Saint Leo University.
Major Shepherd has been married to her husband William for 24 years. They have six adult children and five grandchildren.