The Paducah Police Department has served the City of Paducah and McCracken County since it was founded in 1834. The officers of the Paducah Police Department are proud to continue a tradition of professionalism, respect, integrity, and service to the citizens of Paducah.
The Paducah Police Department is authorized 78 sworn officers, and the department employs 20 telecommunicators and 10 civilian staff. The department is led by Chief of Police Brian Laird. He is supported by the Assistant Chief of Operations, Anthony Copeland, the Assistant Chief of Support Services, Justin Crowell, and the Captain of Professional Standards, Joseph Hayes. Five captains, seven sergeants, and 58 sworn officers provide the remaining organizational support.
Paducah has a population of approximately 25,000; however, the City is a regional hub for medical facilities, retail, and hotels. Paducah's population often peaks during the day up to 100,000. The Department is divided into three divisions to better serve the community: Administration Division, Operations Division, and the Support Services Division.
It is the mission of the Paducah Police Department to enhance the quality of life in the community by working with our partners, to fairly enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide a safe environment to the citizens and visitors that we serve.
The Paducah Police Department strives to maintain the highest standards of excellence utilizing leadership, training and technology to create a safe environment for citizens and continue as a national leader in law enforcement.
The Paducah Police Department's patch is a unique symbol of the department. The patch was featured in the October 2010 edition of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin magazine, published by the Department of Justice.
The patch honors Paducah and the Native American Indians who first inhabited the land in this region. The patch is modeled after the statue located in the 1900 block of Jefferson Street. The statue was sculpted by Lorado Taft in 1909. Taft was a famous sculptor from that time period and has many works still displayed throughout the United States.