Assistant Chief Anthony Copeland leads the Operations Division of the Paducah Police Department. The Operations Division is charged with providing 24-hour police service to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Paducah. This is accomplished, in part, through patrol, outreach, and working with the community to solve problems. Also within Operations is the City’s SWAT team, Bomb Squad, Police Officer Training Unit, Accident Reconstruction, Hostage Negotiation, Explorers, VIPS, and Honor Guard.
Assistant Chief Copeland is originally from the Baltimore, Maryland, area where he was an officer with the Baltimore County Police Department. In 2006 he and his wife, and then only child, moved to Paducah to begin his service with the Paducah Police Department.
Since 2006, Assistant Chief Copeland has had the opportunity to work in every part of the department, spending several years in Investigations as both a detective and supervisor. His recent assignments have been focused on leadership in patrol. During his time at the department, Assistant Chief Copeland has focused on developing positive relationships between the police department and the community and mentoring and developing officers. He assisted in developing a drug prevention program called, “Choices and The Juvenile Brain.” This program has been presented to thousands of middle and high school children across the region. He has also been a member of the Bomb Squad for the past 10 years.
Assistant Chief Copeland has participated in the Cultural Leadership Academy, the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, DOCJT Academy of Police Supervision, earned the FBI LEEDA Trilogy, as well as attended hundreds of hours of investigative and leadership training. He has also obtained his bachelor’s degree in business from Mid-Continent University and is currently working on his Master’s Degree. Assistant Chief Copeland is currently a member of the Paducah Rotary Club, the National Bomb Squad Commander’s Association, and Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.