First of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about your police department. We strive to build strong, working relationships with our community to create a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. A key component to those relationships is transparency, and one of the reasons we have produced an annual report for nearly 40 years. This past year was very successful, with development of new programs and several initiatives designed to increase our productivity and overall efficiency.
The year began with many people wondering what the future and direction may hold with a new leader for the department. As I began my new role as Chief, there were several things I had planned for the year; some were accomplished and some not. The most important thing I did was to listen more than I talked and focus on building strong relationships, both internally and externally. What I heard from our officers was their strong desire to serve our community the best they possibly can. Likewise, members of the community and our external partners displayed a willingness to help us anyway they possibly could.
We were able to accomplish many of the goals set for the year. Emphasis was placed on being more efficient with our resources, which was achieved through the implementation of 10-hour shifts within our Operations Division. Developing a 10-hour shift model that benefited the community and the agency was a top priority. It had been asked for by the officers and discussed within the agency for many years. We made it happen in 2019 and it has proven to effective, along with being well-liked by the officers.
Community engagement continues to be a high priority for the Paducah Police Department. Our officers focus on having positive interactions on a daily basis. A new youth interaction program was implemented at Paducah Middle School allowing officers the opportunity to build relationships with students and teachers. You will see many examples of officer-led community policing initiatives throughout this report. These ideas and initiatives are creative, effective and often utilized by other law enforcement agencies. If you do not already, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what is going on with your police department.
There is a lot going on in our community. I want you to know that the Paducah Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of service to our citizens. We will continue to do this by working with our community partners, utilizing technology and listening to our most valuable resource--our employees.
Thanks again for taking a look at our annual report. I hope you see the how much effort and hard work was put forth by your police department in 2019.
--Chief Brian Laird
Each year the Paducah Police Department compiles an Annual Report summarizing the work accomplished by the department and its specialized units. Among other things, it provides the public an overview of the department, crime reports, community interactions, and history. It's a tribute to the men and women of the Paducah Police Department and to the City they serve.