Assistant Chief Anthony Copeland leads the Support Services Division of the Paducah Police Department. The Support Services Division performs both proactive and reactive duties that serve to deter, prevent, reduce, and solve criminal activity within the City of Paducah. It is comprised of the Records and Evidence Unit, the General Investigations Unit, and the Drug and Vice Enforcement Unit.
Assistant Chief Copeland is originally from the Baltimore, Maryland, area where he was an officer with the Baltimore County Police Department. In 2006 he and his wife, and then only child, moved to Paducah to begin his service with the Paducah Police Department.
Since 2006, Assistant Chief Copeland has had the opportunity to work in every part of the department, spending several years in Investigations as both a detective and supervisor. His recent assignments have been focused on leadership in patrol. During his time at the department, Assistant Chief Copeland has focused on developing positive relationships between the police department and the community and mentoring and developing officers. He assisted in developing a drug prevention program called, “Choices and The Juvenile Brain.” This program has been presented to thousands of middle and high school children across the region. He has also been a member of the Bomb Squad for the past 10 years.
Assistant Chief Copeland has participated in the Cultural Leadership Academy, the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, DOCJT Academy of Police Supervision, earned the FBI LEEDA Trilogy, as well as attended hundreds of hours of investigative and leadership training. He has also obtained his bachelor’s degree in business from Mid-Continent University and is currently working on his Master’s Degree. Assistant Chief Copeland is currently a member of the Paducah Rotary Club, the National Bomb Squad Commander’s Association, and the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.