Charlestown Reserve Police Department is a volunteer, non-profit organization,
and division of the Charlestown Police Department. The Reserve
Department's purpose is to:
A. assist the full time officers of the department in providing professional and
efficient law enforcement services to the community.
B. provide structured law enforcement hands-on training for individuals serious
about pursuing a law enforcement career.
The position of Reserve Police Officer is not a paid position, although all
Reserves receive a yearly clothing allowance from the city and are considered
members of the Police Department. Reserve Police Officers are trained in the
same areas of law enforcement as full time officers and are bestowed the power
of arrest anywhere within the State of Indiana after successful initial training
completion. For more information on Reserve Officer Training, visit "Department
Training" at this web site. The Charlestown Police Reserves, for the
most part, is a self-sufficient organization. Fund-raising and money making
projects enable the department to maintain professional equipment and spur
growth and development.
The city currently provides resources for a twenty (20) officer Reserve force.
The process to become a Charlestown Police Reserve member is a lengthy one,
usually lasting approximately six (6) months. For more information, visit the
"Membership Process" page by clicking on the
appropriate button at the top of this page. The Charlestown Reserve Police
Department was established in 1970. Since that time, most Reserve
Department members have gone on to establish full-time law enforcement careers
at many police agencies within the country. Nearly every Louisville-area police
agency has a former Charlestown Reserve Department member on it today. For more
information of the Reserves, click on the "Related Links" above.