SRO Lyons Completes Advanced SRO Course

Last week, CHPD School Resource Officer Cpl. Brandon Lyons attended and completed an Advanced SRO Course in Georgetown, Kentucky. Course work included school case law updates, mental health, best practices for de-escalation, behavioral threat assessment, emergency operations planning, and armed assailant response. Also included was an introduction to CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) that uses design, management, and activity strategies to reduce opportunities for crime to occur, reduce fear, and improve the overall safety of schools. For more information about the CHPD School Resource Officer program, go to

K9 Officer Alex Billings Recognized for Valor

Congratulations to CHPD K9 Officer Alex Billings; the 2023 North American Police Workdog Association Valor Award Recipient. Ofc. Billings was presented the annual award this evening while attending the NAPWDA National Police K9 Workshop in Missouri. The award was earned for bravery and heroism in the line of duty; when physically rescuing victims during the June 25, 2022 fiery triple fatality motor vehicle crash, just north of Charlestown on State Road 3. Well deserved recognition for going above and beyond, risking her own life, during traumatic circumstances. Charlestown is proud of you Officer Billings.

Home Improvement Fraud Afoot Locally

The Charlestown Police Department has recently received complaints and are currently investigating cases of potential theft and fraud via home improvement projects; and wants you to know how to protect yourself and family members.  Recent rounds of windy and stormy weather has opened the door to potential home improvement fraud situations; earlier than normal this year, and losing thousands of dollars are at stake.  Fraudsters like to target the elderly and older adults living alone; so please discuss this information with your close family and friends as soon as possible.  Some of the biggest suggestions to protect yourself include:  Be skeptical of people going door to door claiming you need work done; “contractors” who pressure you to make a decision quickly; “contractors” who don’t respect requesting references and the freedom to obtain competitive quotes; and those who demand more than 1/3 of the cost up front and without a details…

CHPD Neighborhood Watch Sponsors CPR-First Aid Training Opportunity

The Charlestown PD Neighborhood Watch Program will be hosting National Lung American Heart Association CPR, AED and Basic First Aid Training on Saturday, April 15, 2023; at the Charlestown Police Department. Exact times will be announced once interest is determined, however courses will be two hours in length. The total cost per person for this training is $30.00 and includes an instruction manual and two year certification card. Registration for this event has now ended. Questions? Contact Detective Chuck Ledbetter at or 812-256-6345 x100.

CHPD Provides Prescription & Syringe Disposal

The CHARLESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT now provides a free, local, & convenient way to safely dispose of expired / unused prescription pill/tablet medications; as well as used / unwanted syringes. 24 hours per day & 7 days a week, anyone can dispose of Prescription pills/tablets within the CHPD lobby depository box; or syringes in the CHPD side parking lot red Sharps depository.  Both located at CHPD headquarters, 703 Main Street, Charlestown, IN. COLLECTED PRESCRIPTIONS AND SHARPS WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE DEA AND CLARK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BY CHPD FOR DISPOSAL.