NEW ON THE FORCE: Officer Q&A with Sheppard

Editor’s note: The Brown County Sheriff’s Department has hired three new officers that took oath this month. We’ll be introducing them over the next couple weeks.

Zaccary Sheppard

Age? I am 23 years old.

Married? I have a girlfriend who I have loved for the last 4 years. We have no children yet.

Where did you grow up and/or where do you consider yourself to be from? I grew up in Brown County and I consider myself to be from the Helmsburg area.

What is your education? I attended Helmsburg Elementary, Sprunica Elementary, the Brown County Junior High and Brown County High School. When I was in high school I studied law enforcement for a C4 careers class which fueled my passion for law enforcement.

What is your law enforcement experience? I have completed two years as a sheriff’s deputy and graduated from the Indiana Law enforcement academy in April of 2022.

What did you do before this? Before I got hired, I served three-and-a-half years in the Brown County Jail and three months as a reserve Deputy

Why did you choose law enforcement? I chose law enforcement because I found the job to be important and exciting and I wanted to be part of something that could influence change in the community.

What’s the best part about being a police officer? The best part about being an officer is interacting with the community and being able to travel around Brown County and enjoy the county for its amazing scenery.

What’s one of the most difficult parts of the job? The most difficult part of the job is you really never know what you’re responding too and how the outcome plays out.

What are you looking forward to in your new role? I’m looking forward as my new role as a merit deputy to serve and protect my community and promote a healthy and positive relationship with the residents of Brown County.