The Operations Division is the most visible division of the Paducah Police Department. The division, led by the Assistant Chief of Operations, is responsible for enforcing all criminal and traffic laws. It is often called the backbone of the department because it is responsible for providing uniformed patrol services to the City of Paducah 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Operations Division is responsible for acting as first responders for both emergency and non-emergency calls for service from the public, handling special assignments, and proactively addressing community concerns. The Department annually averages 45,000 to 50,000 calls for service including officer-initiated calls, regarding criminal offenses, complaints, traffic crashes, alarm activations, disturbances, and many other events. They also prepare preliminary reports on all crimes, investigate motor vehicle crashes, and provide many other basic police services to the community.
The Operations Division is the largest component of the Paducah Police Department. In addition to the uniformed patrol, the division has specialized units responsible for working in partnership with the community to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for our citizens.
After an officer completes probationary status, there are specialized assignment and advanced training opportunities. Specialized assignments include