2014 was a very busy and successful year for the Speedway Police Department and their commitment to partner with the residents of the Town of Speedway in an effort to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in town.
2014 started out with the Speedway Police Department’s 5th Citizens Academy class starting at the end of the month and running through April. The class was well attended and enthusiastic, with students learning about the police department operations directly from officers and other SPD staff on a variety of topics, ranging from firearms, emergency vehicle operations, and K-9, to name a few. Click here for our posts recapping each class from our 2014 Citizens Academy, including graduation. If you are interested in participating in the 6th Citizens Academy class (12 weeks starting in September 2015), click here for more information on how you can take part.
The Speedway Police Department K9 received a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has raised over $250,000 in just over a week. Click here to read the article on the Town of Speedway page.
In March, the Speedway Police Department held a Neighborhood Watch Symposium, encompassing all of Speedway’s four Neighborhood Watch districts. The symposium was very well attended and served to bring together Speedway residents and the police department to discuss any issues regarding public safety, crime, and other quality of life issues. Click here for a recap of the Neighborhood Watch Symposium.
In April, the 5th Citizens Academy class wrapped up with a graduation ceremony, upon which they all became members of the Speedway Police Citizens Alumni Association, an active organization of graduates of the five Citizens Academy classes and who support and work with SPD on various endeavors as needed.
As if 11 weeks of class wasn’t enough, graduation was followed by a Continuing Education class the next day! The Speedway Police Dept. offers Continuing Ed classes to Citizens Academy Alumni every other month, and coincidentally, the next one was scheduled for the day after graduation. This month’s topic was “Indy 500 Race Day Planning” and alumni were given a tour at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Click the previous link to view the recap of the class.
Another Neighborhood Watch meeting was also held in April and we introduced our Neighborhood Watch yard signs, available for a small $6 donation to the Speedway Police Department Extracurricular Fund. Our initial order of signs sold very well, but we still have signs available. For ordering information, click here.
At the end of April, Crimestoppers of Central Indiana held its semi-annual Shred-it Day to raise funds for its reward fund. The Speedway Police Department hosted one of the locations, and Citizens Academy Alumni volunteered at the event.
In June, Citizens Academy alumni had another opportunity to participate in ride-alongs with Speedway PD officers.
Following the July shooting of IMPD Officer Perry Renn, the Indiana State Police along with local Police Departments, filmed a PSA video in downtown Indianapolis, “We Will Always Get Out of Our Cars.” Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell was featured in the video as well.
Lt. Trent Theobald takes time out of his busy day of patrols to throw a pass to residents of Eagle Lake Landing.
The annual Speedway Spectacular is held toward the end of September and features a parade along Main Street, followed by a festival/celebration. This year’s theme was “Saluting Our Speedway Police” and the parade featured Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell as the Parade Grand Marshal.
One of the activities at the Speedway Spectacular is a Chili Cookoff – Citizens Academy alumni helped serve chili, and SPD came in 2nd place!
Citizens Academy Alumni and Neighborhood Watch Coordinators also volunteered at a booth together with the Speedway Police Department.
In October, the Speedway Police Dept. held its next Citizens Academy Alumni Continuing Ed Class. This month, Officer Mat Turpin of the K-9 conducted his class as informal discussion and Q & A session. Here, Officer Turpin shows students the ballistic vest he was awarded by Vested Interest in K9s in February.
October 25th was a very busy day. In the morning, Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni volunteered with the Speedway Police Department in the semi-annual Shred-it Day. In the evening, along with Neighborhood Watch and the Speedway Police Department participated in Trunk or Treat, part of the Speedway Chamber of Commerce event “Monsters on Main.” It was a beautiful day, much warmer than the event last year! It was a great event, with an excellent turnout and lots of fun for everyone!
Here’s a slideshow of all photos from Trunk or Treat. If you are on an iOS device and don’t see the slideshow below, click here to view the photos on Flickr.
In November, the Speedway Police Department (and Speedway Fire Department too) joined the social media site for neighborhoods called Nextdoor, as agencies, to more quickly and easily provide important information to residents. SPD/SFD (and NW too) still use Facebook and Twitter, but Nextdoor has several advantages for neighborhoods over the other services, as it was designed for use as a means of neighbors communicating privately with each other (on a variety of topics) and for public safety agencies to transmit info to residents. Unlike Facebook, Nextdoor users will always receive info quickly and timely that they have opted to receive and only verified residents can see posts.
At the beginning of the month, several years of work by the Speedway Police Department to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) culminated in the assessment of the Department, including a public hearing where Speedway residents could attend and show their support of SPD or speak in support if they chose. The public hearing went well, and Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell thanked residents for showing their support.
The Speedway Police Department provided an escort to IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter, who drove Santa to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis.
Members of Speedway HS Key Club help the Speedway Police Department wrap gifts made possible through their Community Outreach Fund.
Speedway Police Officer Jereme Howery and Officer James Bell participating in the annual Shop with a Cop event, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #86.
Thank you to the Speedway Police and Fire Departments for your service to our town!
While it has been a challenging year across the nation for law enforcement, the Speedway Police Department remains committed to its community policing programs and partnering with its residents; we hope to see increased growth in participation in the programs in 2015.
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