Charleston Police Department
We will apply the law fairly and ethically, emphasizing quality in everything we say and do.
Chief Heath Thornton
33 Sworn Officers
A Message From the Chief
"The Charleston Police Department is dedicated to protecting the rights and property of the citizens in our community. Our goal is to promote safety and unity within the community to improve the quality of life of every citizen we serve."
Charleston city facts
Eastern Illinois University
Over a dozen parks
Charleston Country Club & Bent Tree Golf Course
30 miles of trails between Lake Charleston, Fox Ridge, and Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
Large Cities Nearby:
2 hours from St. Louis, MO
1 hour from Terre Haute, IN
1 hour from Champaign, IL
"The Charleston Police Department takes a pro-active approach to providing protection, security, and service to our citizens. Having the full support of our city government and elected officials, makes Charleston an excellent place to start and finish a professional policing career."
- Deputy Chief Shute
CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM
Advanced training/equipment for high risk scenarios.
High risk search & arrest warrants.
Subduing barricaded suspects.
INVESTIGATIONS & CRIME SCENE ANALYSTS
The CPD team includes four detectives who investigate crimes against people, property, and sophisticated financial and computer crimes.
Because the efforts and methods of criminals grow more sophisticated, CSIs stay abreast of the most cutting-edge techniques and ideas in crime scene sciences.
CHARLESTON K-9 TEAM
Ofc. Glidewell & K-9 Bolt
K9 in Training
OFC. Kraft& K-9 Kye