The Paducah Police Department's Professional Standards Unit is responsible for investigating complaints against officers, tracking use of force (response to resistance), assisting with policy development, maintaining training records and standards, managing accreditation issues, and assessing Homeland Security threats. Captain David White (pictured to the left) leads the unit and is supported by Training Officer Rob Estes. Captain White can be contacted at (270) 444-8534 or by email.
The Paducah Police Department received accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) in 2004 and again achieved the accreditation seal in 2009 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 2012, 35 complaints were filed against officers, 26 of which were internally 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.
Captain David White 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. Captain White'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. In 2012, officers participated in 6862 hours of certified (state) training including 3348 hours of in-house training. This is an average of 139 hours of training per officer at an average cost of $745 per officer. More About Training >>