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Shannon K. Paulson, Captain III

Shannon K. Paulson

Captain III
Wilshire Division

email Captain Shannon Paulson
joined the Los Angeles Police Department on November 4, 1991, was
promoted to Captain in 2016 and is currently assigned as the
Commanding Officer of Wilshire Area.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Captain Paulson knew
from a very young age that she was destined for a career in law
enforcement and her first association with police services was as a
police explorer with the Placentia Police Department at the age of
13. She always intended to pursue employment with the Los Angeles
Police Department due to its reputation as the finest, most
professional municipal law enforcement agency in the nation. While
attending college at San Jose State University, Captain Paulson
tested with the Los Angeles Police Department at the earliest
possible age and left school without hesitation when she was
offered employment in 1991. After graduating from the police
academy and completing her probationary field training period, she
returned to California State University, Los Angeles and ultimately
completed her Bachelor's Degree in Administration of Justice.

Captain Paulson previously worked as a police officer at West Los
Angeles, West Valley and Rampart Divisions, and as a Sergeant at
Van Nuys and Newton Divisions. After promoting to Lieutenant in
1998, she held the position of Watch Commander at Hollenbeck and
Central Divisions. During her tenure, she has also held positions
as an Officer-in-Charge of Specialized Units within Emergency
Operations Division, Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence
Bureau and Security Services Division. She also spent several years
as the Officer-in-Charge of the Safer Cities Initiative Task Force,
a focused community based policing effort within the Skid Row
region of Downtown Los Angeles.

Captain Paulson has prior active duty and reserve service with the
United States Navy as an enlisted Intelligence Specialist and a
commissioned Intelligence Officer. As an Iraqi War combat veteran,
she left the Navy in 2012 after attaining the rank of Lieutenant
Commander. Her military and law enforcement experience led to her
engagement with the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, a
training cooperative through the Department of Homeland Security.
On behalf of the Consortium, she instructs emergency response
personnel across the nation and assists with the design of
curriculum on subjects related to terrorism, crisis response and
disaster management.

Captain Paulson is happily married and resides in Los Angeles
though she enjoys travelling with her spouse. She enjoys most
sports (both watching and playing), pursues a rigorous
weightlifting regimen and has competed in power lifting
competitions throughout her law enforcement and military