PADUCAH, Ky. (WYMT) - The FBI is planning to open a new satellite office in Western Kentucky.
Senator Mitch McConnell announced the Paducah office Thursday.
“I want to thank FBI Director Wray for his decision to reopen the office. Paducah is well-positioned to host substantial law enforcement responsibilities for the many communities in the far western part of the Commonwealth,” said Senator McConnell. “We are proud to have excellent state and local law enforcement agencies in the region, however, certain cases, like white collar corruption and violent drug crimes, are better handled in coordination with federal law enforcement. At a time when the drug abuse epidemic continues to grow at an alarming rate, additional federal resources on the ground are vital to effectively fighting this ongoing challenge.”
Paducah used to house a satellite office until the original location closed back in 2007.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deserves a lot of credit for bringing more federal law enforcement efforts to Paducah,” said Brandon Barnhill, Paducah Police Chief. “By opening a new FBI satellite office in the area, these resources can add to the work already being done by local and state officers to keep our community safe. We look forward to increasing our partnership with the FBI to address the pressing issues facing Paducah and to continue working with policymakers at all levels to promote the security of those we are sworn to protect.”
There are currently eight FBI locations in Kentucky, including those in London and Pikeville.