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 full time by the Madison Police Department in January of 2018. Hammond has already completed and graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy earlier this year; and resides in Charlestown with his wife, Amanda Berry-Hammond (also a Charlestown HS graduate).
When asked about transferring from Madison to Charlestown; Hammond stated that he was “excited to get the chance to practice law enforcement in his home town, much closer to home and family”, and is impressed about the growth and direction the Charlestown Department is moving toward. Hammond will be able to quickly “hit the streets” later this week, due to his knowledge of Charlestown and first-responder experience in both Madison and Clark County.