Captain Brian Laird began his law enforcement career with the Paducah Police Department in 2001. During his career, he has served and supervised in all divisions of the department as a Patrolman, Detective, Sergeant, and Captain. Following his promotion to Captain in 2014, Captain Laird also serves as Commander of Special Units which includes SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9, and the Crisis Negotiation Team. As the Professional Standards Captain, he is responsible for assisting with policy development, maintaining training records and standards, managing accreditation issues, investigating complaints against officers, tracking use of force (response to resistance), and assessing Homeland Security threats.
Captain Laird holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville. He is a 2017 recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Award. In 2014, he completed the 131st session of the Administrative Officers Course/Executive Program through the Southern Police Institute. Laird also is a graduate of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Executive Development Program and Academy of Police Supervision. In 2013, he received the Gary L. Reese Award for outstanding leadership and distinguished career service and was the 2006 Employee of the year with the Paducah Police Department.
Captain Laird is active in the local community. He is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, where he is currently serving his third term on the board of directors, and was a member of Leadership Paducah Class #29. He also is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and past president of the Paducah Police Collective Bargaining Unit. In his free time, Captain Laird enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.