Chief Antoine Sheppard is a 22-year law enforcement veteran and native of High Springs, Florida, who joined the High Springs Police Department as a Police Officer in 2001. Chief Sheppard was educated in the Alachua County, Florida, Public School system and attended Santa Fe College Institute of Public Safety. Subsequently, Chief Sheppard continued his education and attended Vincennes University, completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security and a Master of Criminal Justice Degree from Saint Leo University. He is also a graduate of the Saint Leo University Command Management Course and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar.
Chief Sheppard rose through the ranks of the High Springs Police Department as a police officer, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant, working various patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments throughout the agency. Chief Sheppard was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2017, second in command of the agency, and served as interim police chief in 2014 and 2019.
On September 11, 2019, Chief Sheppard was sworn in as the 15th Chief of Police of the City of High Springs. During his time as the Chief of Police, Chief Sheppard has focused heavily on community engagement, fair and impartial police interaction, and promoting public safety.
Chief Sheppard previously served as the Florida Police Chief Association Regional Assistant Director for District 17. In addition, he is a member of various professional organizations.
During Chief Sheppard’s tenure, the city of High Springs has experienced a subdued crime rate and high employee retention and recruitment levels through his leadership. Chief Sheppard is a person of faith and strives to promote community-oriented policing and a common-sense approach to problem-solving.
High Springs Police Department
Phone: (386) 454-7320
COUNTIES: Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam