General Investigations Unit

About the General Investigations Unit

processing printsThe General Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating felony cases ranging from larcenies to homicides.  The unit's primary responsibility is investigating serious crimes against persons and large scale property crimes.  The unit also conducts applicant background investigations and is involved in various community activities such as mentoring and working with victim advocates.  The unit led by the Assistant Chief of Support Services is staffed by one captain, one sergeant, five detectives, and one clerical specialist.  

The job of a detective requires an increased understanding of legal issues such as search and seizure.   Because of the small size of Paducah's General Investigations Unit, our detectives do it all.  They process crime scenes, write search warrants, submit evidence to the crime lab, investigate cases, conduct interviews, and present the evidence to the prosecutor and the court.  To stay current with the advances in technology, the unit has undergone training in Internet Crimes Against Children programs and forensic computer examinations in which detectives examine computers for forensic evidence of all types. 

Year Clearance Rate Case Assignments
2021 70% 238
2019 71% 315
2018 74% 208
2017 77.7% 322
2016 81.6 % 244
2015 70.6 % 225
2014 70 % 295
2013 78 % 247
2012 79 % 250

Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL)-Digital Forensics Unit

In 2011, the Paducah Police Department was established as one of five satellite laboratories in Kentucky through a partnership with the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) at the University of Louisville.  The RCFL is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local and state law enforcement agencies aimed at streamlining the examination processes associated with digital evidence.  Paducah's Digital Forensics Unit conducts forensic investigations on computers, cell phones, and other digital media for the Paducah Police Department and for other law enforcement agencies in western Kentucky.  

General Investigations Unit Contacts

Office Phone Number 270-444-8553
Assistant Chief of Support Services Asst. Chief Justin Crowell