The Paducah Police Department is led by Police Chief Brian Laird. Within the rank structure, there are two assistant chiefs, one covering the Operations side of business, the other managing Support Services. Six captains support the chief and assistant chiefs. The department consists of 9 civilian staff and 78 sworn officers who patrol more than 20 square miles. At the Paducah Police Department, 55 percent of the officers have at least a two-year degree with 38 percent of the officers having bachelor's degrees or higher degrees.
Paducah has a population of approximately 25,000; however, the City is a regional hub for medical facilities, retail, and hotels. Paducah's population often peaks during the day up to 100,000. The Department is divided into three divisions to better serve the community: Professional Standards Division, Operations Division, and the Support Services Division.
The Paducah Police Department operates with an annual budget of approximately $10.2 million (Fiscal Year 2020).
The Paducah Police Department's patch is a unique symbol of the department. The patch was featured in the October 2010 edition of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin magazine, published by the Department of Justice. The patch honors Paducah and the Native American Indians who first inhabited the land in this region. The patch is modeled after the statue located in the 1900 block of Jefferson Street. The statue was sculpted by Lorado Taft in 1909. Taft was a rather famous sculptor from that time period and has many works still displayed throughout the United States.