In July 2019, the Paducah Police Department received its fourth Certificate of Accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP). The department received initial accreditation in 2004 for a five-year term. It was accredited again in 2009 and 2014. The Paducah Police Department is one of approximately 77 KACP accredited police and sheriff's organizations statewide.
According to the KACP, the accreditation process "reflects that the agency was carefully measured against an established set of standards and has met or exceeded professionally accepted practices in law enforcement." The accreditation process is lengthy. In addition to a site visit and inspection, it requires an independent evaluation of organizational, procedural, and operational standards. As of January 2019, there are 173 standards outlined by the KACP accreditation program. Each year, the department is required to take steps to maintain accreditation standards including reviewing or revising policies and procedures.
Achieving accreditation benefits the City of Paducah and the Paducah Police Department since it establishes a high standard by which to judge and enhance performance. The accreditation seal helps to provide a stronger defense against lawsuits and corresponds with an increase in community confidence in the department. It also means that Paducah receives an annual discount from our insurance provider, the Kentucky League of Cities. That discount saves the City approximately $7500 per year.