To the citizens of Paducah,
Challenging, unprecedented and stressful are what most of us will remember about 2020. The way we lived changed dramatically and everyone was forced to adapt to new ways of going about our most basic routines. What started as two weeks to “flatten the curve” led to businesses, restaurants and schools being closed for an extended period of time. Like everyone else, we had to adjust procedures, often on a daily basis, while trying to maintain a high level of service to the community. Policing in a pandemic was new to all of us.
Despite the challenges being faced, we were determined to keep moving forward as a department. Although many of our goals and ideas had to be put on the shelf, we re-directed our focus to the items we could safely work on. Early in the year we applied for a grant to hire three officers for the purpose of creating a School Resource Officer Program. The police department has never had full-time officers in the school system, but it is something I felt was needed. Just as we were all in pandemic overload, we received notice our grant application was approved. This led us to enter into a partnership with Paducah Public Schools to provide an officer at Paducah Tilghman High School, Paducah Middle School, and a third officer to float between the elementary schools. We are extremely excited about this program and look forward to its start in July 2021.
As a result of several high-profile police incidents from around the country, some police procedures and policies gained national attention. In June, I published a summary of how we do things in Paducah related to use of force, chokeholds, body cameras, hiring standards, training and our commitment to Community Policing. If you would like more information about these topics, please take a look at our Facebook page. 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 their accomplishments in 2020. Please feel free to contact me by email with any questions, concerns, or compliments.
--Chief Brian Laird
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.