All persons selected as new Paducah Police Officers attend the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Center in Richmond for Police Basic Training. This will be your home for the next 19 weeks which provides 760 hours of instruction. You'll undergo firearms training, defensive tactics training and defensive driving training, study the state's penal code, learn report writing skills and investigative techniques, as well as many other facets of police work. You'll even be trained as a Certified Breath Test Operator and pick up a little Spanish. While an academy cadet, you are a City of Paducah probationary employee and will be paid bi-weekly. However, successful completion of the police academy is a condition of continued employment. Upon graduation, police officer recruits enter the 15-week Police Training Officer Program.