Professional Standards Unit

Contact the Professional Standards Unit

The Paducah Police Department's Professional Standards Unit 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.  This unit also monitors department grants and assists in the coordination of special events.  The unit is led by Captain Joe Hayes and supported by Training Officer Chris Fearon.  


The Paducah Police Department received its initial accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) in 2004.  The department further achieved the accreditation seal in 2009 and in 2014 for another five year term.  In 2019, the Department achieved reaccreditation for another five year term.  The Paducah Police Department is one of approximately 77 KACP accredited police and sheriff's organizations statewide.   More About Accreditation >>


Officers are real people trying to do the best job in some of life's most difficult circumstances.  The Paducah Police Department has high expectations of its employees and wants each one to live up to those expectations on a daily basis.  In 2018, the Department had a total of 22 documented complaints, only three of which were externally generated.  Internal complaints are usually generated by an officer's supervisor in response to some type of recognized policy violation.  From simple violations to the most complex, they can range in disciplinary measures from an Employee Improvement Notice, to a written reprimand, to suspension, and even termination. 

The Paducah Police Department places a high value on accountability since it builds public trust and confidence.  We want citizens to know that we take all complaints seriously and will investigate any alleged misconduct thoroughly.  If you have a complaint with one of Paducah's officers, please contact the Office of Professional Standards at 270-444-8534.  

Homeland Security

The Professional Standards Captain is the Paducah Police Department's Homeland Security liaison.  The Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center (KIFC) is responsible for compiling, blending, analyzing, and disseminating information among the broad network of law enforcement, public health, and other key organizations.  The Captain's role is the liaison for information and intelligence between the Paducah Police Department and the KIFC.


The Professional Standards Unit maintains training records and ensures that officers receive the proper amount and type of training each year.     More About Training >>