CHPD News

Hammond Sworn-in to CHPD Full-Time Force

The City of Charlestown Board of Public Works met Monday morning and approved the hiring of Joshua Hammond; as Charlestown’s newest full time police officer.  Hammond fills the full time officer vacancy recently created when Detective Chuck Ledbetter retired.  Hammond was presented to the Board by Chief Keith McDonald and sworn in by Mayor Bob Hall (shown in the adjacent photo) during Monday’s meeting. Hammond has deep roots in Charlestown, as he was born and raised in Charlestown, graduated from Charlestown High School in 2011, and has the vast majority of his family still living in Charlestown.  Law Enforcement is nothing new to Hammond or his family, as his grandfather, Roger Oliver (who was also in attendance for Joshua’s swearing-in); served many years as a Charlestown Police Department Reserve Officer in the 1980’s.  Hammond served over two years as a Reserve Officer with the Clark County Sheriff Department before being hired…


Charlestown Trick or Treat Moved to Tuesday

Due to the forecast of heavy rain for this Wednesday evening, and a general concern for the health and safety of our children, the City of Charlestown has moved Charlestown’s Halloween Trick or Treat festivities; including Trunk or Treat on the Square and Citywide door-to-door trick or treating, to Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Charlestown Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Charlestown Police Department and the Charlestown Jay C Plus Food Store have teamed up to participate in Saturday’s DEA Sponsored National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Officers of the Charlestown Police Department will be on hand Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, near the entrance of the Charlestown Jay C Plus Food Store; to provide a safe disposal of expired and unused prescription medications.  Disposal is courtesy of the Charlestown Police Department, through this US Drug Enforcement Agency program, occurring nationwide, totally FREE OF CHARGE and with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet….


CHPD Makes Donation to Clark Special Olympics

On Friday, September 28th the Clark County Special Olympics was presented a check for $3000 from Police Officer fundraising activities! From October of 2017 to March of 2018 Officers donated a portion of each of their pay checks to Special Olympics. An account was set up at New Washington State Bank for the public to drop off donations as well. We appreciate each Officer and each member of the public who made a donation! Pictured left to right; Officer Brandon Lyons, Lt. Brion Gilbert, Asst. Chief Tim Wolff, Chief Keith McDonald, Special Olympics County Coordinator Steven Binggeli, Nathan Snyder, Steven Binggeli & Linda Snyder. Officers who donated but aren’t pictured; Officer Jonathan Roederer, Officer Albert Purcell, Officer Tyler Lyons, Officer Eric Kruse, Officer Cameron Dickerson, SRO Adam Clark, K9 Ben Bertram, Officer Thomas Bamforth & Officer Jeff Fields.


Indiana AG Encourages Consumer eComplaints

Representatives of Indiana’s State Attorney General’s Office recently visited Clark County, and through the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office; is encouraging Indiana citizens to use their improved electronic complaint system for various consumer concerns.  The electronic complaint system enables citizens to file a complaint securely over the internet for various concerns such as: Medicaid Fraud Patient Abuse & Neglect Consumer Issues Do Not Call/Text and Scams Do Not Fax Violations Gas Gouging Issues Identity Theft Issues Mortgage Fraud Issues Properly and effectively investigating the above types of issues is very complicated for local law enforcement agencies; largely due to fact that these suspects and perpetrators operate on a worldwide venue.  The commitment that Indiana’s Attorney General has voiced; especially in the areas listed above, is promising and essential for deploying the necessary resources to enforce Indiana laws protecting Hoosiers. Phone Scams, Do Not Call Violations, Medicaid (Welfare) Fraud, and Identity Theft…