In this episode of "City Profile", Tom Butler, West Kentucky Community & Technical College Television Production Coordinator, interviews Chief Barnhill about his recent promotion to chief of the Paducah Police Department.
The episode begins with Chief Barnhill providing his background and what led him to begin a career in law enforcement. He also discusses his recent promotion from assistant chief to chief.
Regarding his philosophy, Chief Barnhill says, “I feel it’s my position to be in the community, to be attentive to the community’s needs, to listen to the vibe coming from the community.”
Chief Barnhill provides an overview of the Paducah Police Department from its number of sworn officers to its budget and training hours. He also discusses the technological challenges police officers face. “Technology is really changing law enforcement specifically the capability of the officer in the field and how much data they can have in a split second in their hands.” Also in the episode, viewers will learn about data-driven policing and how the Paducah Police Department uses statistics and information in patrolling and crime prevention.
The Paducah Police Department also has several specialized assignments including the Bomb Squat, SWAT Team, and K9 Units. Chief Barnhill discusses these specialized areas and their associated equipment. “If you’ve got a toolbox, they may be tools in the bottom that hopefully you never use. Unfortunately in today’s society, you’ve almost got to have some of these avenues to address things that come up.”
At the end of the episode, Chief Barnhill talks about one of his next challenges: recruiting officers.
Barnhill says approximately 12 officers and supervisors are eligible to retire within the next two years.City Profile can be viewed on Government 11, the governmental access channel of the City of Paducah, on Wednesday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. It also airs this week on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Information provided by City of Paducah
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