A Speedway resident’s observation and quick reporting to the Speedway Police Department last night led to the arrest of the suspect regarding a drug deal near Pam’s Pitstop Pizza.
Steve Satterly recalls the details of his encounter at his blog, Staying Alive: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters. Steve is also an Alumni of the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy.
As noted in his blog post, Steve’s actions were appreciated by the police department, who cannot be everywhere, all the time. They rely upon the partnership of residents to report suspicious activity – it’s all of us helping each other. Steve writes:
Police officers are paid to make such calls, and have been given training on making such calls. They would love nothing better than to get a call like mine, go check it out, and have it be nothing. Or, a situation like this one occurs, and a bad man selling poison on the streets is removed and put in jail.
Situational awareness is not only being aware of what is going on around you and being able to recognize when something is amiss, it’s the starting point for a string of decisions that can mean the difference between catching a criminal or allowing the crime to continue, or in some instance, life or death.
Thank you Steve and to the Speedway Police Department! This is an excellent example of how Speedway residents can partner with the Speedway Police Department, report suspicious activity, and can effect real change in our town and help us stay safe.
If you see something, say something.