Police Chief

Chief Brandon BarnhillPolice Chief Brandon L. Barnhill began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Murray Police Department, before transferring to the Paducah Police Department in 1998. With Paducah, Barnhill has served and supervised in all areas of the department as a Patrolman, Detective, Sergeant, Captain, and Assistant Chief. Barnhill was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team rising through the ranks as a Team Leader and, subsequently, the Team Commander. In May 2010, Barnhill was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief where he was responsible for the Operations Division, including formulation and control of the annual budget, development and dissemination of police directives, coordination of training regimens, and the fostering of communication among the various facets of the department.  In September 2013, the Paducah Board of Commissioners appointed him as Chief.  A pinning ceremony was held October 4, 2013.  

Chief Barnhill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Andrew Jackson University. Chief Barnhill graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School for Government, Leadership in Crises seminar in early 2015.  In 2007, he completed the Administrative Officers Course/Executive Program, through the Southern Police Institute. Barnhill is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Executive Development Program, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. In 2011, Barnhill was selected as the inaugural “Young Leader of the Year” award for stand out career achievements and contributions to western Kentucky communities.

Chief Barnhill is very active in community programs and activities. He is an adjunct criminal justice instructor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, where he currently serves on the Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Advisory Committee, member of Rotary Club International and current board member. Chief Barnhill is an alumnus of Leadership Paducah and also past Foundation Board member, vice-chair of the Paducah Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police serving as a past scholarship chairman for several years, member of the former Paducah/McCracken County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Council and the McCracken County Domestic Violence Task Force.  Barnhill and his wife have two children and are members of First Baptist Church of Paducah. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, outdoor activities, watching sports, and spending time with his family.


Chief Brandon Barnhill


Message to Citizens

On behalf of our community, welcome to our website. The men and women of the Paducah Police Department are what make this organization one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in the world, and they are here to serve you. We strive to provide excellent police service each and every day. Whether you are raising a family here or simply visiting, we want your experience to be safe, fun and memorable.

Building upon our past successes within community policing, the Paducah Police Department is committed to a geographic-policing philosophy that addresses crime and the fear of crime through a shared relationship between citizens and beat officers in their specific neighborhoods. This is proactively achieved using proven problem-solving methods and partnerships to elevate the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

We invite you to become involved with your department in order to continue forging a strong cooperative partnership that is built upon mutual trust and respect. No police department can solve crime or quality of life issues alone. Effective community/police relationships, communication, and engagement are critical components to our success.

Please take the time to learn more about the PPD’s units and services. Take advantage of the many opportunities to communicate with us and learn how we can work together. We look forward to working with you. There are many opportunities for you to partner with us to make Paducah better!

Chief Brandon Barnhill