CHPD News

Charlestown COVID-19 Resource Page

The City of Charlestown has compiled a large amount of COVID-19 links and information which is centralized and specific to Charlestown residents on one web page; almost exclusively covering all local impacts of this emergency situation.  The link to this page is http://cityofcharlestown.com/covid19/; check this page regularly.


CHPD Lobby Restricted, Alternatives Arranged

Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Health Crisis, the Charlestown Police Department is restricting access to our front lobby, effectively immediately. The department continues to pursue ways to balance providing efficient services to the community; while also minimizing exposure risk to personnel and virus community spread.  The department has increased the number of officers on-duty and patrolling throughout the city every day, around the clock.  However, while this public health crisis is underway, visitors to our department should expect to find our lobby locked and signage providing direction on how to receive services posted.  So you know what to expect, and possibly save you a wasted trip to our facility; the following options can be used by the community while our lobby is restricted. – Anyone with an EMERGENCY; as always should CALL 911 for immediate assistance. – Non-emergency contact with an officer can be arranged by leaving a return…


Governor Issues Stay at Home Directive

Today, March 23rd, 2020, as part of and in follow up to Indiana’s Emergency Disaster Law (Indiana Code 10-14-3) declaration; Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a “Stay at Home” directive (20-08) effective from 11:59 pm on March 24, 2020, through 11:59 pm on April 6, 2020.  Links are provided for these two documents, to enable citizens to easily download and review the guidance for themselves.  The City of Charlestown, in accordance with the Governor’s directive, has also announced actions in support of the importance of these guidelines to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our region.  Including but not limited to the closure (during the above outlined time period) of our city parks; as well as ways of obtaining help if needed (cityofcharlestown.com/aop). Please know that the spirit of the Stay at Home Directive is another attempt to encourage citizens to limit travel from home for…


COVID-19: Know the Facts and Practice What Keeps You Well

The Charlestown Police Department, along with the Clark County Health Department and other county-wide agencies, want to make sure residents have ready access to the latest and most accurate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  There are two ways to obtain the latest and most accurate information; at the local Clark County level, as well as the national (CDC) level.  This is a rapidly changing health challenge, warranting residents to arm themselves with factual knowledge, not hype and panic.  Like with most viruses, the importance of practicing good and frequent hygienic habits (handwashing and hand sanitizing) is the ultimate way to prepare to remain well.  Officials around the world are working around the clock to identify precisely how the virus has spread, adversely affecting mainly the elderly and those with lower immune health conditions.  Learn the facts, made available using the two following outlets, and practice good hygiene. Stay up to…


Public Safe Exchange Zone Added at CHPD Station

Purchasing items online has become a normal part of everyday life, just as child custody exchanges have become more and more prevalent. Meeting in a neutral and safe location to perform custody exchanges or purchase transactions, especially with someone unknown, can sometimes become heated, tricky and perilous. For these reasons, law enforcement all across the country are setting up Safe Exchange Zones, where online transactions and child custody exchanges can occur under video surveillance to provide greater safety and documentation for all parties involved. The City of Charlestown and Charlestown Police Department recognizes the value of the above outlined reasons, and have created a Safe Exchange Zone in the east parking lot of police headquarters, located at 703 Main Street, in Charlestown. Two parking spaces have been marked and posted reserved for the purpose of safe exchange; available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week without reservation. The Charlestown…