General Investigations Unit

About the General Investigations Unit

The General Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating felony cases ranging from larcenies to homicides.  The unit's primary responsibility is investigating serious crimes against persons and large scale property crimes.  The unit also conducts applicant background investigations and is involved in various community activities such as mentoring and working with victim advocates.  The unit led by Assistant Chief of Support Services Brian Laird is staffed by one captain, one sergeant, five detectives, and one clerical specialist.  

The job of a detective requires an increased understanding of legal issues such as search and seizure.   Because of the small size of Paducah's General Investigations Unit, our detectives do it all.  They process crime scenes, write search warrants, submit evidence to the crime lab, investigate cases, conduct interviews, and present the evidence to the prosecutor and the court.  To stay current with the advances in technology, the unit has undergone training in Internet Crimes Against Children programs and forensic computer examinations in which detectives examine computers for forensic evidence of all types. 

Year Clearance Rate New Case Assignments Called Out on Investigations
2017 77.7% 322 90
2016 81.6 % 244 90
2015 70.6 % 225 76
2014 70 % 295 80
2013 78 % 247 N/A
2012 79 % 250 N/A

Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL)-Digital Forensics Unit

In 2011, the Paducah Police Department was established as one of five satellite laboratories in Kentucky through a partnership with the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) at the University of Louisville.  The RCFL is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local and state law enforcement agencies aimed at streamlining the examination processes associated with digital evidence.  Paducah's Digital Forensics Unit conducts forensic investigations on computers, cell phones, and other digital media for the Paducah Police Department and for other law enforcement agencies in western Kentucky.  

In 2017, the three investigators in the Digital Forensics Unit examined 323 computer hard drives, cell phones, and other digital media which includes SIM cards, flash drives, and GPS units as compared to 409 in 2016, 312 in 2015, and 304 in 2014.  These examinations were conducted in connection with cases ranging from homicide and robbery to sex, drug offenses, and thefts.  The Digital Forensics Unit opened 142 cases for investigation in 2017 and assisted 18 other area law enforcement agencies with exams.  This unit opened 152 cases for investigation in 2016 with 130 cases opened in 2015 and 88 cases in 2014.

General Investigations Unit Contacts

Office Phone Number 270-444-8553
Assistant Chief of Support Services Asst. Chief Brian Laird
Captain of Support Services Capt. Matt Smith
General Investigations Unit Supervisor Sgt. Troy Turner
Detective Jason Hicks
Detective Nathan Jaimet
Detective Blake Quinn
Detective Matt Scheer