Message from Acting Chief John A. Dolgos

Welcome to the Chestertown Police Department website. My department is committed to the highest standards of professional law enforcement. I hope you will take the time to explore our website and to give us feedback, not only on the information you find here, but on our services as well.

As head of Chestertown’s law enforcement agency, my job is to enforce the laws of the State of Maryland and to ensure that you are safe and secure in your homes, businesses, and in public places in the Town of Chestertown. I can do that more effectively if I hear from you about your experiences with my Office and your concerns about public safety in our community.

Acting Chief John Dolgos
dolgos@chestertownpolice.com
Chestertown Police Department
601 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620
410-778-1800

Click here to view our annual report.
Click here to view a copy of our current Rules & Regulations.
Click here for CPD Police Application (last page for non-certified police officers only)

 

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Report a Crime
You can always call Kent Central Alarm/9-1-1 to report a crime. You can also call us on 410 778-1800 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays). In either case, a law enforcement officer will come to take your report. You can ask to remain anonymous. Report Drug Activity We need your help! The most effective tool in the fight against illicit drugs is an active and aware citizenry. If you have any information concerning illicit drug activity in the Town of Chestertown, call the Kent County Narcotic Task Force on 410 778-3744. You do not have to give your name to report suspicious activities, vehicles, or persons.
Report Drug Activity
We need your help! The most effective tool in the fight against illicit drugs is an active and aware citizenry. If you have any information concerning illicit drug activity in the Town of Chestertown, call the Kent County Narcotic Task Force on 410 778-3744. You do not have to give your name to report suspicious activities, vehicles, or persons.
Policies and Procedures
Community Policing Program – click here to find out more about our program.
General Order 1-715 CITIZEN COMPLAINTS
An employee will courteously and promptly accept any allegation or complaint made by a citizen against any employee of the Chestertown Police Department. The receipt and processing of all complaints will be in conformance with established procedures. Click here for the State Mandated procedure for filing a complaint against a police officer employed by the Chestertown Police Department.

 

FAQ

The Motor Vehicle Administration has flagged my vehicle’s registration for unpaid parking tickets, or for unpaid speeding tickets under the Town of Chestertown Photo Enforcement Program. What should I do?

A. You can call the Town of Chestertown’s office at 410-778-0500. They will explain what you need to do in order to clear the flag on your vehicle’s registration.

I received a speeding ticket under the Town of Chestertown Photo Enforcement Program and I have questions. Who can I contact?

A. Call toll free at 1-877-868-7956 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, and a representative will assist you.

I have a question about a parking ticket, who can I talk to?

A. You may call the Town Office at 410-778-0500 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Where can I pay parking ticket received in the Town of Chestertown?

A. You may pay the ticket at the Town of Chestertown’s office at 118 North Cross Street, or use the Yellow Parking-fine drop box located on Park Row behind the Fountain Park. You may also mail payment for your parking ticket to the Town of Chestertown, 118 North Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

I received a ticket for violating a “resident only” parking area, and I am a resident of that area. Who do I contact about receiving a ticket?

A. Contact the Town of Chestertown’s office at 410-778-0500. If you are a resident in the “resident only” area, The Town Office will assign a sticker for your vehicle that will indicate that you are a resident in that area.

My spouse is abusing me/our children. Where do I go for help?

A. Call 9-1-1 any time you believe you are in physical danger. An officer will be dispatched to assist you.
You can apply to the District Court for a protective order, directing the abuser to stay away from you and your residence. A District Court Commissioner can issue an “interim protective order” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The District Court Commissioners are located in the Kent County Courthouse on Cross Street in Chestertown. The telephone number is 410 810-3370.

I just received a bad check. How do I file a criminal complaint?

A. You can file a criminal complaint with the District Court Commissioners, who will help you through the process of filing. The District Court Commissioners are located in the Kent County Courthouse on Cross Street in Chestertown. The telephone number is 410 810-3370.

How do I get a restraining order?

A. The District Court can issue two kinds of orders which direct one person to stay away from another person:
A “protective order” directs a spouse or other person to whom a person is related, with whom a person lives or has lived or with whom a person has a child to stay away. During regular business hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday – you may apply for a protective order at the District Court Clerk’s Office, Kent County Courthouse, 103 North Cross Street, Chestertown, 410 810-3360.

After court hours, District Court Commissioners can issue interim protective orders that are effective immediately. The District Court Commissioners are located in the Kent County Courthouse. The telephone number is 410 810-3370.

A “peace order” directs a person who is unrelated to and does not live with another person to stay away. Only a judge can issue a peace order. You may apply for a peace order at the District Court Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.

What are your hours?

We work 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. We can always be reached by calling 9-1-1. If you request it, an officer will be dispatched to your location.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday (except Holidays), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Are you hiring officers?

A. We are always looking for qualified candidates for law enforcement positions.

I want to complain about the way an officer treated me. What should I do?

A. We want to know about your complaint. You can call 410 778-1800 and ask to speak with Acting Chief Dolgos. The receipt and processing of all complaints will be in conformance with established procedures. Click here for the State Mandated procedure for filing a complaint against a police officer employed by the Chestertown Police Department.

I forgot my court date and did not appear in court . . . what should I do?

A. Call the court immediately and explain what happened. Find out if the court has issued a bench warrant for your “failure to appear.” If it has, you can call us on 410 778-1800 and come to the Chestertown Police Department for service of the warrant.

My neighbor is always trespassing on my property. What can I do about it?

A. You can send a certified letter, return receipt requested, to your neighbor, informing him that you’ll prosecute him for trespass if he doesn’t stop. Send us a copy of the letter. If the neighbor subsequently trespasses, call us and we will send an officer to investigate.

Alternatively, you may want to contact Chester Valley Community Mediation Service. They offer a free and often successful service for resolving disputes without resort to the courts. You can reach them on (410)810-9188 or by email at cvcms@friend.ly.net.

Where are you located?

A. We are located on 601 High Street. Our address is:

Chestertown Police Department
601 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620

Our telephone number is 410 778-1800 and our fax number is 410 778-1828.

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