FBI to open office in Paducah in western Kentucky

October 26, 2018 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the FBI will open a new office in a western Kentucky community.

The Kentucky Republican says the new FBI office in Paducah will be beneficial in responding to drug-related crimes and any crisis situations in the region. McConnell had contacted FBI Director Christopher Wray to advocate for the office.

The FBI closed its Paducah satellite office in 2007. Since then, McConnell says he has heard from a number of law enforcement officials supporting the bureau’s return to the region.

Paducah police Chief Brandon Barnhill says he’s looking forward to increasing his office’s partnership with the FBI to respond to pressing issues facing the community.