The Support Services Division of the Paducah Police Department is comprised of the following three units: the Drug and Vice Enforcement Unit (DAVE), the General Investigations Unit (GIU), and Records and Evidence. The three units were combined in January 2010 to form the Support Services Division led by an Assistant Chief Justin Crowell. Support Services also includes the Department's Crime Analyst.
These three specialized units are equally important in bringing an investigation to a successful conclusion and ensuring custody of records and evidence for criminal prosecution.
Digital Forensics Unit - The Digital Forensics Unit (DFU), which was first formed in 2011, is the Paducah Police Department’s response to the rise in the use of technology in crime. In 2019, the unit had four part-time examiners consisting of sworn personnel who perform this function in addition to their normal duties. While mobile phones are the most frequent items examined, the DFU has the capability to examine computers, tablets, and other digital storage devices as well. The DFU not only analyzes digital evidence for the Paducah Police Department’s cases but also serviced over 11 state, local, and federal agencies. Led by Sgt. Justin Hodges, the unit examined more than 280 items among 161 cases in 2019.
Polygraph Unit - Det. Nathan Jaimet was certified in 2019 as a Polygraph Examiner in Kentucky. Det. Jaimet had to complete over 400 hours of training and conduct multiple supervised polygraphs. In 2019, he performed 29 criminal polygraphs and 75 pre-employment polygraphs for the Paducah Police Department and other state and local agencies.