Captain Shawn Backer began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1995. Captain Backer served as a Patrol Officer until 2001, at which time he was assigned to Criminal Investigations. Captain Backer served as a Burglary Detective and Crimes Against Persons Detective. In 2005 Captain Backer was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant he was assigned to Patrol and later to Criminal Investigations. He has also served the department as a Field Training Officer and as a member of the Special Response Team. In 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and in 2012 to Captain, in charge of the Community Services Unit.
Captain Backer graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He also graduated from the Broward Sheriff’s Office/ Nova Southeastern University’s Executive Leadership Program.