The Operations Division, led by the Assistant Chief of Operations, is the most visible division of the Paducah Police Department. It is responsible for enforcing all criminal and traffic laws. The Operations Division is often called the backbone of the department because it is responsible for providing uniformed patrol services to the City of Paducah 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is responsible for responding to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service from the public, handling special assignments, and proactively addressing community concerns.
The Department annually averages 45,000 to 50,000 calls for service including officer-initiated calls regarding criminal offenses, complaints, traffic crashes, alarm activations, disturbances, and other events. Patrol officers are first responders to calls for service. They also prepare preliminary reports on all crimes, investigate motor vehicle crashes, and provide many other basic police services to the community.
The Operations Division is the largest component of the Paducah Police Department. In addition to the uniformed patrol, the division has several major specialized units which have the responsibility for working in partnership with the community to reduce the amount of crime and improve the quality of life for our citizens.
After an officer completes his or her probationary status in the Operations Division, he or she may be interested in transferring to a specialized assignment or receiving advanced training in a particular assignment. Some of the specialized assignments include