Paul grew up in Yorkville, New York and attended Whitesboro Central Schools. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College and earned an Associates degree in Criminal Justice and went on to SUNY Oswego to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Justice.
In 1977, Paul moved to Houston, Texas where he was employed by the University of Texas Police Department as a Patrol Officer and later a Criminal Investigator.
After two years he applied and was accepted into the Houston Police Department. During his tenure with the Houston Police Department, he was assigned to several different commands including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Field Performance Evaluator while assigned to the Beechnut Substation.
In 1984, Paul was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Park Place Substation. There he was an Administrative Sergeant. One year later he transferred to the Westside Command Station and served as Patrol Sergeant.
A short time later, Paul transferred to the Auto Theft Division where he served as an Investigative Sergeant. He was selected to serve in the Interjurisdictional Task Force and while in this capacity, earned a Chiefs Commendation and Unit Citation for his work in several undercover sting operations. At this time, he also started to teach. He taught basic Auto Theft Investigation classes at the Houston Police Academy, Harris County Sheriffs Academy and University of Houston Police Academy as well as advanced Motorcycle Theft Investigation classes at the regional Texas Association of Vehicle Theft Investigators.
While employed by the Houston Police Department, Paul received a scholarship from the 100 Club of Houston. He completed a Masters of Science program and 30 graduate hours in Psychology while attending Sam Houston State University.
In 2000 after 20 years of service, Paul retired from the Houston Police Department and began teaching Criminal Justice classes at FM.
In addition to teaching classes at FM, Paul runs the FM Security Institute, which instructs students in Security Guard Training; the first step necessary for applicants to receive their New York State Security Guard License.
In 2012, Paul became Perth Town Justice. He is certified as a General Topics Instructor by the Division of Criminal Justice Services and teaches Auto Theft in a New York State sponsored Investigative Update School and is also certified as an Instructor Evaluator.