The Records Unit maintains all police reports completed by our officers. The Records and Evidence Units together are staffed by a records manager, three records clerks, and two evidence personnel. In a typical year, the Records unit processes more than 660 case files, 2000 warrants, and 10,000 traffic and criminal citations. The Records Unit is responsible for assisting citizens with obtaining copies of police reports (both criminal and collision reports), managing much of the departmet's paperwork flow, collecting parking violation payments, and tracking transport and extradition reimbursements. In addition, the Records staff completes fingerprint cards for background investigations, completes payroll, and answers thousands of phone calls and lobby contacts.
Police records are accessible to the public and other law enforcement agencies for the retrieval of information. Access to certain information will require an Open Records Request Form to be mailed to the address below where it can be filed and approved.
Paducah Police Department Records Unit
Records Manager Amy Travis
P.O. Box 2267
Paducah, KY 42002-2267
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
TRAFFIC COLLISION REPORTS = $5.00 through Paducah Police Department. Copies of collision reports can be obtained 1) In person at the Police Department or 2) Via internet at Buy Crash. You will need the case number given to you at the time your report was taken, the report date, and the last name of the owner/driver of the vehicle. Use Paducah Police Department as the agency.
CRIMINAL REPORTS = $1.00 through the Paducah Police Department (no charge for victim); Criminal reports can be obtained through the internet at Buy Crimes. Individuals will need the case number and report date. If you are unable to access your report, please contact the Records Unit at the number above. There is a fee for accessing reports online. Only persons involved in an incident may obtain a copy of the report. A report that references multiple victims may not be available online.
The Evidence Unit is responsible for the security and accountability of all evidence and property seized by the Paducah Police Department's sworn officers. The unit maintains approximately 12,000 items of evidential value and conducts random quarterly audits to maintain the integrity of the system.
In 2017, the Evidence Unit logged 3112 pieces of evidence as compared to 3006 pieces of evidence in 2016 and 3005 in 2015. In 2017, the Evidence Unit was able to eliminate and dispose of 3108 items through court-ordered release or destruction (2552 pieces were eliminated in 2016 with 3345 pieces eliminated in 2015).
The Evidence Unit releases forfeited firearms to the Kentucky State Police. By State statute, the KSP takes the guns and resells them to licensed gun dealers. The funds that are generated go toward the purchase of bullet proof vests. Like many evidence rooms, the Paducah Police Department does not keep seized money on the premises. It is deposited into a bank until it is court-ordered to be returned or forfeited for use by the Police Department.
The duties for the Evidence unit include