HIGH SPRINGS ‒ three new officers have joined the High Springs Police Department (HSPD). A special presentation was made at the beginning of the Sept. 8 High Springs City Commission meeting to welcome the new officers. Police Chief Antoine Sheppard explained that although the officers are new, as they are hired, they go through a tough training program. The training program consists of three phases that includes monitoring by three different field training officers. The new officers are James Davis, Dennis Clayton and Markel Parks.
Davis joined the HSPD on Feb. 2, 2022. He was born and raised in Lake City, where he graduated from Columbia High School. He worked for the Department of Corrections for several years before attending Florida Gateway College to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Clayton joined the High Springs Police Department on April 18, 2022. He was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he resided until his family relocated to High Springs, when he was six years old. Clayton attended the High Springs Community School and later received his diploma from Fort White High School. When he is not dedicating his time to his career with HSPD, he loves spending quality time with his family.
Parks also joined the HSPD on April 18, 2022, but started his career in law enforcement in his hometown of Starke in 2018 with the Starke Police Department. Parks worked for the Starke Police Department for four years before coming to the HSPD to further his career. Parks enjoys going to the gym and practicing martial arts.
Following the introductions, Chief Sheppard administered the oath of office to each of the officers to a round of applause from the audience and Commissioners.
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