Annual Report

Chief Brian LairdMessage from Chief Laird

To the citizens of Paducah,

I want to personally thank you for taking the time to learn more about your police department. Transparency is a key component of establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with the community. Our annual report is one of the ways we share information with the public, something we have done for more than 40 years. Within this year’s report, you will find information about our community involvement, training, use-of-force statistics, crime/collision rates, and much more.

As we began the second year of a global pandemic, many aspects of what we do as an agency, and in everyday life, were still in question. As restrictions lifted and things began returning to a new form of normalcy, we were ready. Community engagement continues to be a high priority at the Paducah Police Department. In 2021, we once again partnered with the Paducah Housing Authority to host a “Community Fun Day” for the residents of public housing. The event was held at Robert Coleman Park and was attended by several hundred children and adults. It has continued to grow each year and now includes numerous community partners.

Another long-awaited project, our School Resource Officer Program, became a reality in 2021. Through a grant-funded partnership with Paducah Public Schools, we were able to place three full-time police officers within our city school system. The program began at the start of the 2021 school year with one officer assigned to Paducah Tilghman, one at Paducah Middle, and one officer rotating through the three elementary schools. These officers quickly established themselves as leaders within the schools and immediately began building and strengthening relationships with our youth.

While the job of a police officer has never been more challenging, our officers are always ready to handle any task. They do an excellent job of determining if a situation requires enforcement action or would be better served through one of our community partners. This balancing act can be challenging with officers being praised one minute and then criticized the next. The one thing that I know for sure is that we have some of the best law enforcement officers, working in a community that is highly supportive of their efforts.

There is a lot going on in our community. I want you to know that the Paducah Police Department is committed to keeping our community safe while providing the highest quality of service to our citizens. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what is going on with your police department.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our annual report. Our officers and staff work hard each day and we are proud to highlight some of their accomplishments in 2021. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions, concerns, or compliments.

--Chief Brian Laird 

Annual Reports 

The Paducah Police Department compiles an Annual Report summarizing the work accomplished by the department and its specialized units.  Among other things, it provides the public an overview of the department, crime reports, community interactions, and history.  It's a tribute to the men and women of the Paducah Police Department and to the City they serve.  

2021 Paducah Police Department Annual Report

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