Front Row: Det. Chris Baxter, Det. Matt Smith, Asst. Chief Stacey Grimes, Det. Justin Crowell Back Row: Capt. Brian Krueger, Det. Anthony Copeland, Investigative Asst. Malinda Baltz, Administrative Asst. Connie Waldridge (now retired), Det. Troy Turner, Sgt. Brian Laird (Not pictured is Clerical Specialist Kim Newlon)
The General Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating serious 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 Stacey Grimes and is staffed by one captain, one sergeant, five detectives, one investigative assistant and one clerical specialist. In 2012, the GIU detectives were assigned 250 new cases with an astounding clearance rate of 79 percent. The investigations yielded a total of 110 arrests.
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.
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.
General Investigations Unit Contacts