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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 currently open and will remain open until October 10th at 4:00 PM. Registering for the race is simple, you can do so by following the link below for electronic registration or you can stop by the Police Department and pick up a paper registration form. Race registration is $30.00. Pre-Registration is open until Sunday September 20th at 5:00 PM. All Pre-Registrations for the 2020 Sgt. Bertram 5K-9 will include a free Sgt. Bertram 5K-9 T-shirt. Additional shirts can be ordered at $30.00 each. The shirts are similar to last year’s shirts but are navy blue this year. Race Registration Link:  https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Charlestown/SgtBertramMemorial5K9 So, how does our virtual race…


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 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2020/ic/; however a spreadsheet summary of all new Indiana 2020 laws can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE. The Charlestown Police Department would like to point out a couple of these new laws that became effective this July 1st, 2020.   One is regarding the sales and possession of Tobacco and Vaping products; whereas the minimum age of sale or possession of a tobacco or vaping product, including e-cigarettes, is now twenty-one (21) years. The minimum age was moved from eighteen to twenty-one by Indiana legislators; and is now in affect. The second Indiana law modification of major interest is to the Distracted Driving statute; now further restricting the…


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 these rules have been posted in the Department lobby.  Just as a reminder, CHPD police assistance can easily be summoned, from the Department lobby, after regular business hours (when the Records Office is closed), by simply using the lobby phone to contact a police dispatcher at Clark County Emergency Communications.  The Clark County Emergency Communications Dispatchers are in direct contact with CHPD officers 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including all holidays. The Charlestown Police Department Records Division Office will also return to normal operating hour of operations on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020.  The Records Office will return…


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…


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 in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million dollars.   The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age….