Tonight marked the start of the Speedway Police Department’s 5th Citizens Academy Class. An enthusiastic group comprised of Speedway residents and others affiliated with the town (through employment or through social, religious, or civic groups) began their exciting 12-week journey of a behind the scenes look at the Speedway Police Department.
New class members were greeted by Citizens Academy Alumni, who meet regularly and support SPD in a variety of ways. After all students were checked in, SPD Administrative Coordinator Sarah Edie welcomed the students and introduced them to all of the alumni present, as well as Speedway Police Officers Morgan and Harmon, Capt. Jason Dierdorff, and Chief Jim Campbell, and Jim Ochs of the Police Commission. Last but not least, Sarah introduced Chaplain Rick Kassel, who led the group in a prayer.
The class’ first presentation was on the History of Policing and Speedway Police Department, taught by Chief Campbell. Students will have many exciting weeks of classes ahead, learning a variety of subjects including K-9, gangs & narcotics, firearms, crime scene investigations, even going on a ride-along and driving a police car at the law enforcement academy.
Welcome everyone and we know this is going to be an experience you’ll enjoy!