Employee Development

As our nation becomes more pluralistic and the scope of law enforcement expands, the need for more and better training has become critical. Working in partnership with our donors, we help provide improved training and development opportunities to officers, educational assistance and employee recognition. To build a police force capable of dealing with the complexity of the 21st century, it is imperative that we assist our officers with education opportunities and enhanced socialization skills.

  • Community Policing and Problem Solving
  • Bias Awareness
  • Scenario-based situational decision making
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Procedural justice and impartial policing
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Trauma and victim services

It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.

Murray State University partners with Paducah Police Department  and the Police Foundation of Paducah-McCracken County, Inc. to promote cultural awareness through a new Cultural Leadership Academy

With grant assistance from the Police Foundation of Paducah-McCracken County,  the Paducah Police Department has recently teamed up with Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services to provide officers with an advanced training opportunity centered around diversity awareness.  The result of this partnership, entitled the Cultural Leadership Academy, comes at a time when increased scrutiny is being placed on law enforcement and its interactions with diverse populations.

“In light of recent events occurring across the country, the Cultural Leadership Academy is a proactive approach by the Paducah Police Department to foster cultural awareness and support its officers in communication and interaction with diverse communities,” explained Dr. Teresa Clark of Murray State University.

Paducah’s assistant chief of police Brian Krueger explained, “The content of this program is specifically designed to broaden the understanding of local communities as a whole through learning about factors that exist within them, like the difficulties faced by racial and ethnic minorities and cultural diversity, while also broadening the participants’ understanding of topics related to the individual officer, like emotional and social intelligence and ethics.”  As Dr. Landon Clark observed, “The officers we’ve dealt with from the PPD are highly committed to systemic changes and highly motivated to be even more effective in keeping us safe.”

"With the help of our benefactors, the Police Foundation of Paducah-McCracken County is proud to be providing financial assistance to this worthwhile educational program." said Jim Garrett, Foundation Board Chair. " The Cultural Leadership Academy's purpose of providing officer training centered around diversity awareness is a perfect fit for the Foundation's goals of enhancing employee development and building stronger community relationships."

To learn more about the Cultural Leadership Academy and how your local law enforcement agencies may participate, contact Dr. Teresa Clark at 270-809-6956.

Host nationally recognized training programs from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and continued training through the Southern Police Institute and the FBI National Academy. In conjunction with Murray State University we will provide funding for developing a 21st Century Policing Training Program. 

Community Partnerships

Your donation will help to create opportunities for additional projects that enhance the relationship between the community and the Paducah Police Department. We believe that both the police and community must work together to identify, prioritize and solve contemporary problems such as crime, drugs, fear of crime, social and physical disorder, with the goal of improving the overall quality of life in the area. Only through mutual understanding between the community and its law officers can improvements be made.

We continue to strengthen our community partnerships with groups and programs like the Merryman House, the Scholar House, Christmas Cops, Coffee with a Cop, the Community Kitchen, the Hugs Project  and the Chief's Community Forum.

Thank you to the Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust for your support of the new Cultural Leadership Academy!

Our Foundation represents a public/private partnership designed to assist our Police Department in building positive relationships within the community. Our goals include funding improvements in officer proficiency and safety, as well as law enforcement equipment and technology  in order to enhance public safety and the quality of life within the City of Paducah.


Mission + Vision



Public Safety Improvements

The mission of every police department is straight forward...to keep your city and the people who live in it safe by getting the most out of the resources they have, but sometimes it isn’t that easy. Your assistance is needed to improve our initiatives that address specific public safety needs, improve police effectiveness and officer safety through the use of specialized equipment, evolving technology and other innovations.



"As a result of many national events, we are keenly aware of the critical importance of continuing to build trust with our communities and partners as we act as society's guardians. Your assistance with our mission will help the department continue to improve and make our community an even safer place to live."


Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!

Chief Brandon Barnhill