News & Information

New Radar/Message Speed Limit Sign Project

During their August 2020 meeting, the Charlestown City Council approved a plan to use existing funds to purchase four portable and solar powered radar speed limit signs, equipped with multi-colored LED messaging.  The new radar message signs will be assigned and periodically moved about each of the four council districts...Read More »

2020 Sgt. Bertram 5K-9 Plans Finalized for Virtual Event

We’re pleased to announce information for this year’s Sgt. Bertram 5K-9. We’ve had to make some unfortunate changes to the race protocol this year, due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The 2020 Sgt. Bertram 5K-9 will be a virtual race. Race Registration is...Read More »

New Indiana Laws of Interest as of July 1st

As is usual in the the State of Indiana-like many other states, newly legislated laws; as well as, modifications and revisions to existing laws become effective and enforced on July 1st. 

Full access to all of Indiana’s laws/statutes can be found online at; however a spreadsheet...Read More »

CHPD Lobby/Records Office Reopening June 3rd

The Charlestown Police Department public lobby will return to normal operations access beginning Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020; however normal also includes that visitors to the Department, located at 703 Main Street, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING and limit lobby occupancy to one person at a time.  Signage to politely remind visitors of...Read More »

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; check this page...Read More »

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...Read More »

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...Read More »

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...Read More »

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,...Read More »

Charlestown Police Department’s K9 Franco Receives Body Armor Donation

Charlestown Police Department’s K9 Franco has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Vested Interest...Read More »

Charlestown Trunk Or Treat Moved to Charlestown Middle School

The City of Charlestown Trunk or Treat Event (usually held on the City Square each year), this Thursday October 31st; has been moved to Charlestown Middle School, located at 8804 High Jackson Rd, Charlestown.  We will have lots of Candy, Hot Dogs and Drinks free while supplies last.  Charlestown Trunk...Read More »

CHPD’s K9 Franco to get donation of body armor

Charlestown Police Department’s K9 Franco will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

“The Charlestown Police Department is very appreciative of the work that Vested Interest in K9s does across...Read More »

Traffic Advisory for Saturday's Pirate Fun Run

In preparation for this Saturday’s Annual Pirate Fun Run, we wanted to take a moment and share the event route and traffic details to help assist everyone with getting around Charlestown during the event. CHPD officers will be regulating the entire event route and diverting...Read More »

Travel Advisory for CHS / P.R. Elementary / & St. Michael Commuting Parents and Students

The first day of school is fast approaching and the Charlestown Police Department (CHPD) wants to ensure that motorists have an effective-yet safe commute-both in and out of our school campuses. One of the challenges we anticipate this year is the construction project that is currently taking place on Market...Read More »

CHPD Accepting Applications

The Charlestown Police Department is currently accepting applications for full-time and reserve Police Officers. Application packets can be obtained anytime at the Charlestown Police Department, located at 703 Main Street, Charlestown, Indiana. The application deadline is 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 30th, 2019. Any questions can be directed to...Read More »

DNA for Property Comes to Charlestown

The Charlestown Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program, in partnership with Charlestown’s State Farm Dale Robinson Agency roll out of “DNA for Property” during the 2019 Founders Day Celebration.

The Charlestown Police Department is a proactive agency and is always looking for new resources that will help protect the valuables...Read More »

Charlestown Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Charlestown Police Department and the Charlestown Jay C Plus Food Store have teamed up once again to participate in the DEA Sponsored National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Officers of the Charlestown Police Department will be on hand Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, near the...Read More »

Beware of IRS Refund Scam Letter

If you receive a letter similar to this one, use caution and beware that it is an attempt to obtain your personal information and use it for their personal gain…..because it is not from the “real US Internal Revenue Service”. This is the latest scam...Read More »

Bertram Memorial 5K-9 Run/Walk Announced

The inaugural Sgt. Bertram Memorial 5K-9 Run/Walk will be held Saturday, April 20th, 2019; and is an official fund raiser to benefit the Bertram Family Memorial Trip to National Police Week this May in Washington, D.C. The Sgt. Bertram Memorial 5K-9 is for Runners, Walkers & Canines....Read More »

Sgt. Bertram Portrait Presented for New Station

Toward the end of December 2018, the Charlestown Police Department learned of a brother officer named Jonny Castro, of the Philadelphia City Police Department (PA); who paints portraits of fallen officers throughout the country. A rendering of our fallen Sgt. Bertram’s portrait, created by Officer Castro, was posted on...Read More »

In The Line of Duty Death of Sgt. Ben Bertram

POLICE K9 SGT. BEN BERTRAM and recently retired K9 Partner KUBO.


CHPD, NCOC & Jay C Team Up for 1st Annual "Fill the Fleet" Campaign

The North Clark Outreach Center or NCOC (located in Charlestown), is a non-profit food bank who proudly serves numerous needy families in northern Clark County. This year, NCOC is teaming up with the Charlestown Police Department and the Charlestown Jay C Store in their first annual “Fill the Fleet” food...Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving from CHPD

The men and women members of the Charlestown Police Department wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving; with hopes that everyone will take a moment and reflect on what they are thankful for, regardless of the current situation.  “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you...Read More »

Cold Weather Auto Theft Alert

The cold temperatures have settled in to our area; and already some have fallen victim to thieves targeting running cars left unattended.  Yes, even while parked in the driveway of your home and in front of the front door.

“Each year dozens of vehicles are stolen in Clark County, some of...Read More »

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...Read More »

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,...Read More »

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...Read More »

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...Read More »

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...Read More »

Sunoco Station Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Monday, September 3rd, at approximately 4:20 p.m.; Officers from the Charlestown Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery call from the Sunoco Fuel Mart located in the 100 block of Market St., in Charlestown.  CHPD Officers met with the owner of the store who informed police that...Read More »

Council Approves Financing for New CHPD

During the July 2nd, 2018 Charlestown City Council Meeting, the council entertained an ordinance to approve the financing of the construction of a new Charlestown Police Headquarters facility.  The ordinance passed 4-1 on a second and final reading, with councilwoman Tina Barnes abstaining from the vote.

The new facility will be...Read More »

Happy Independence Day America

The men and women of the Charlestown Police Department want to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day Holiday; with a reminder to keep celebrations safe and respectful of neighbors in your community.  Click on the following link for a quick reference of Indiana’s laws regarding fireworks; as well as some...Read More »

CHPD Operation Business Check Expands

For several decades, the Charlestown Police Department has maintained an organized program of performing security checks of businesses inside the city and their associated properties after hours; and especially during the early morning (higher property crime instance) time periods.  The program, called Operation Business Check-of which several Charlestown businesses are...Read More »

Free Crisis Text Line 741-741

If you find yourself stressed, depressed, lonely or sad……the Crisis Text line is free, confidential, and might help.  Being in crisis, doesn’t just mean possibly being suicidal; it’s any painful emotion for which you need support.   Text “Connect” to 741-741 and a trained crisis counselor will text with you about...Read More »

Security Reminder-Auto Theft Increase

The Southern Indiana area law enforcement, over the past two months and especially during the past two weeks, has noted an unusually high increase in vehicle thefts.  Please take an extra moment when leaving your vehicles unattended:  ensuring that all doors and hatches are closed and LOCKED, that a SPARE...Read More »

Free HIV and HEP C Testing Available

Foundations Family Medicine and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are providing free HIV and Hepatitis C testing every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, between noon and 3:00 pm, at the rear entrance of the Clark County Courthouse.  The Courthouse is located at 501 East Court Avenue, in Jeffersonville, Indiana. ...Read More »

CHPD Accepting Applications for Full Time & Reserve Positions

The Charlestown Police Department is currently accepting applications for full-time and reserve Police Officers. Application packets can be obtained anytime at the Charlestown Police Department, located at 701 Main Street, Charlestown Indiana. The application deadline is 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 16th, 2018. Any questions can be directed to Major Tim...Read More »

Fraud Alert: Home Shoppers and Renters Beware

The Charlestown Police Department has recently received a few complaints regarding attempts to fraud individuals looking for homes to rent or sell.  The scam involves individuals posting ads on social media and sell websites; including Craigslist, claiming to be responsible for area homes already up for sale or rent.  These...Read More »

Attempt to Identify Suspect in CHPD Case

Please take a look at the photos and see if you can help us identify the suspect.  Pay particular attention to the watch, bracelet and purse shown in one of the pictures, as well as the red or orange lanyard shown around her neck in another.  Also of note are...Read More »

CHPD Investigating Car Hit by Bullet Likely Shot to Sky

The Charlestown Police Department is investigating damage to a citizen’s car which appears to have been caused by someone shooting a high caliber rifle into the air during the evening hours of Saturday, November 11th. This incident occurred in the northern most area of Charlestown, and possibly between 8:00 pm...Read More »

CHPD Launches Operation Identify

The Charlestown Police Department’s OPERATION IDENTIFY is a Crime Prevention initiative that serves more than one purpose in preserving personal property.  Using the easy steps of Operation Identify, property owners can take proper inventory of valuable items and not only be better prepared to help law enforcement get valuables...Read More »

Christmas With a Cop Fundraiser

We’d like to thank the Charlestown Pizza Company, their hardworking staff, as well as the entire Charlestown community for showing up to our 1st Christmas with a Cop fundraiser at the Charlestown Pizza Company.  We’d also like to thank the wonderful students at Charlestown High School operating 99.3 FM WPMQ...Read More »

Active Shooter Preparedness: Information to Consider

Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is important for citizens to consider what to do in the event of finding them self and/or family members in danger because of the presence of an active shooter situation.  The Charlestown Police Department agrees and provides the following information and resources; currently...Read More »

Charlestown Pizza Company Hosts "Pizza with the Police"

The Charlestown Police Department and the Charlestown Pizza Company are joining together to raise money for Charlestown Police Department’s 2017 CHRISTMAS WITH A COP PROGRAM.  Come join us at the Charlestown Pizza Company, Monday evening, October 30th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm; and enjoy great pizza as you are SERVED...Read More »

National Night Out 2017 Charlestown August 1st

The Charlestown Police Department is participating in the 34th Annual National Night Out crime prevention event on Tuesday, August 1st at the Charlestown Family Activities Park located at 1000 Park St. from 6 to 9 p.m.  “Our goal is to urge our neighborhoods throughout our community to help us celebrate...Read More »

Have a Safe & Legal 4th of July Holiday Charlestown

The Charlestown Police Department encourages all citizens to have a safe and legal Fourth of July holiday; remembering that accidents do happen that can change the course of your life as well as the lives of those we care about.  Preventing accidents doesn’t have to ruin the fun of celebrating...Read More »

Charlestown's Founder's Day This Weekend

The annual Charlestown Founder’s Day Celebration is this weekend on the City Square in the middle of Charlestown, Friday and Saturday, June 23rd and 24th, 2017.

For a complete list of details, schedule of events and more, go to the following internet link:


CHPD Hosting Sky Warn Spotter Seminar April 4th

The Charlestown Police Department is hosting a Sky Warn Spotter training seminar, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, on evening of Tuesday, April 4th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The seminar is FREE, with no obligations, and will be held in the conference room of the Wilson Education Center, located at 2101...Read More »

Circle K ATM Transaction Data Possibly Compromised

The Charlestown Police Department is currently investigating the possibility that the transaction data may have been compromised on the ATM machine located inside the Charlestown Circle K Convenience Store, located at 1075 Market Street; sometime between November 1, 2016 and today (11/30/16).  IF YOU USED THIS ATM BETWEEN THIS TIME...Read More »

Protect Yourself Against New Phone Scam Methods

The Charlestown Police Department has recently received complaints from individuals experiencing a new type of phone scam being attempted by perpetrators in the Louisville Metro area.  The scam involves receiving a phone call from an individual claiming to represent a local utility company, such as Duke Energy.  The scammer calls...Read More »

Distracted Driving Concerns Heighten in Charlestown

The Charlestown Police Department has experienced an increase in serious motor vehicle accidents lately both in and around the city; two of which involved school buses and CHPD has taken notice. Charlestown Police Chief Keith McDonald wants to remind motorists to watch their speed by allowing more travel time getting...Read More »

Pokemon Go Safety Concerns for Parents & Players

The Charlestown Police Departments urges players; as well as, parents of “Pokémon Go” players to stay safe and alert as the game becomes more popular.

The game, which launched last week for iPhones and Android devices, is based on the classic cartoon and video game series.  1Players use a...Read More »

Have a Safe 4th of July Holiday

The men and women of the Charlestown Police Department want to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day Holiday weekend; with a reminder to keep celebrations safe and respectful of neighbors in your community.  Click on the following link for a quick reference of Indiana’s laws regarding fireworks; as well as...Read More »

IRS Phone Scams, Facts and What to Do

The Charlestown Police Department has received several complaints from area citizens about “convincing” phone calls and phone messages from the “IRS”; in attempt to panic citizens into thinking they owe taxes to the government and are about to be arrested by local police.  THESE CALLS ARE AN ATTEMPT TO SCAM...Read More »

Founders Day Celebration This Weekend

The annual Charlestown Founder’s Day Celebration will be held this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th; this year at the Family Activities Center off park Street and across from the Charlestown High School, instead of on the square or in Greenway Park.  A complete list of Founders Day...Read More »

Welcome to the New Charlestown Police On-Line

The Charlestown Police Department (CHPD) is comprised of sixteen full time academy certified Indiana Police Officers, including the Chief, School Resource Officer, and Detectives.  The CHPD is supplemented with fifteen certified and trained Reserve Police Officers which enable enhancement of various services provided to the community.  The Charlestown Police Department...Read More »