8th SPD Citizens Academy Begins; A Few Spots Still Open!

Update: The SPD Citizens Academy started yesterday; however, SPD will still accepting CA Patcha few more applications for the 8th Class. All interested parties must submit applications in person or online by next Tuesday, September 5th at NOON. See link below.

Speedway, IN—On Wednesday, August 30, the Speedway Police Department commenced its 8th Citizens Academy Class.


Administrative Coordinator Sarah Edie welcomed the class and explained about some of the exciting things they will be experiencing in the coming weeks – the chance to drive a police car, go on a ride along, take a high speed ride on the emergency vehicle operator’s course, learn about the various units – K-9, narcotics, SWAT, and much more!

Ms. Edie introduced Speedway Police Chief


James Campbell, who also welcomed the class and explained his philosophy on community policing and that it was never the intent that public safety was only the responsibility of the police, but rather a partnership between the community and the police in order to solve community problems. He offered a brief history of policing, which highlighted the evolution of public safety from ancient to medieval times, through the beginning of modern policing in London, which influenced policing in America to today.

Speedway Police Commissioner Phill Smith and fullsizeoutput_1f81Assistant Chief Charles Upchurch then taught the class about the history of the Speedway Police Department including some interesting facts about the various town Marshals, as well as milestones such as first radios and even police cars in town!


Next week the class will be taught by Set. Chris Ristuccia, who will discuss “Gangs / Narcotics.”

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, you can still join the class starting next Wednesday, September 6th! Submit your application today at this link right away!

Any further questions, please contact Ms. Sarah Edie at sedie@speedwayin.gov or by phone at 317-246-4300.

To learn more about the Speedway Police Citizens Academy program, click here.

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