Major Shara Parks is currently assigned as the Commander of the Fifth Division.
Parks began her career with the Louisville Division of Police in 2000. She served as a patrol officer and detective in the former Second District. After merger, Parks was selected to be a detective in LMPD’s Fifth Division. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2006, and supervised both patrol officers and flex detectives in the Fourth Division. In 2007, Parks was promoted to lieutenant. Her assignments have included: adjutant to the Assistant Chief of Police, adjutant to the Deputy Chief of Police, Third and Fourth Division Patrol sector lieutenant, and Fourth Division Patrol shift lieutenant. She most recently served as the Commander of LMPD’s Professional Standards Unit.
Major Parks was a member of the LPD/LMPD Honor Guard for ten (10) years. During her tenure, she served as both the Assistant Commander and Commander of the unit. Major Parks is also a founding member of the Louisville Police Pipes and Drums.
Major Parks earned a Bachelor's Degree, with a double major in Biology and Psychobiology, from Centre College and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University. In 2010, Major Parks graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s (SPI) Administrative Officers Course.
Major Parks is married and has four (4) children.