Archive for Events
MARK YOUR CALENDARS. The Speedway Police Department will be holding quarterly Neighborhood Watch meetings in 2019. Meeting dates are listed below. All meetings to be held at the Community Health Pavilion on Main Street. Meetings start at 6:30 P.M.
- March 19th
- June 18th
- September 17th
- December 17th
The Speedway Police Department is inviting residents of Speedway to join members of the Department in celebrating National Night Out crime prevention event. The event, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, brings over 38.1 million people in more than 16,540 communities together to promote the partnership between the police and the community. The event will encourage crime, drug and violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity. Citizens across America can send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, awareness, safety, and police-community partnerships. Let criminals know that the Town of Speedway is united and dedicated to building a safer, more caring community. Please join the members of the Speedway Police and Fire Departments for the event to be held on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, in Leonard Park from 6-8PM.
Highlights of the National Night Out event will include free food and drinks provided by area merchants (while supplies last), police demos, and information about various anticrime initiatives. We’ll also have music, kids’ activities, information booths from public safety-related organizations, civic groups, town departments, and much more!
Officer Jereme Howery and Sergeant Robert Dine are featured in The Speedway Town Press – West Side Messenger for their mentoring Speedway High School students through weight lifting. Great job!
Officer Alex Redding and Speedway Police Intern Kelsea Hardin surprised Allison Elementary kindergarten student Kingston Fry for lunch.
Speedway, IN, February 9, 2017: Kingston Fry and his grandmother came to the Speedway Police last Saturday to support the police by donating pennies. Darlene Fry Barnhill told the Speedway Police that her grandson, Kingston, had been collecting pennies from their home in Speedway. After Kingston had filled a 32 ounce Mason jar, he told his grandmother he wanted to donate the pennies to the officers of the Speedway Police Department to help provide them with equipment and other needs the officers may have. Officer Alex Redding and Speedway Police Intern Kelsea Hardin went to Allison Elementary to personally thank Kingston for his generous donation and spent some time with Kingston and his Allison Elementary classmates at lunch.
The Speedway Citizens Academy Alumni participated in a “Shoot / Don’t Shoot Use of Force” class at the IMPD Training Academy. Utilizing the Firearms Automated Training System, the class offered them a unique chance to experience a small glimpse of what an officer does during encounters with the public, and the split-second decisions that need to be made in a variety of situations.
Speedway Neighborhood Watch meeting was held April 4 with a presentation to residents on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, followed by an open Q & A forum by SPD.
Lt. Trent Theobald, Officer Jacob McAtee and Officer Nathan Shipley shop by and say hello and pose with the Easter bunny at the Pride Academy Easter Egg Hunt!
Stay tuned for more of the 2017 Year in Review!
Last year, we created an interest survey and had an overview presentation on the CERT program. We have now scheduled the class and all who completed the survey have had an opportunity to sign up, and are opening up the registration for the class to anyone in Speedway, even if you previously did not express interest (or if you have, you can still sign up, here!).
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
How Does CERT Benefit the Community?
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
One also expects that under these kinds of conditions family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.
If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in an earthquake, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?
First, present people the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed life saving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
I want to help, what do I need to do?
Attend the CERT 21-hour basic training course to become a Team Member. You will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your community for a disaster. Become familiar with tools to help you organize after a disaster and how to conduct triage and provide basic first aid. Learn to assess damage after the disaster, extinguish a small fire, conduct searches and rescue victims safely, and complete a small-scale disaster simulation!
The Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association has made arrangements with Indianapolis Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security to have the basic training course for Speedway residents. Our class is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday February 2-4 at the Community Center at Flanner & Buchanan on High School Road.
Once you have completed the basic course, you are eligible to take advanced classes from the DHS in a variety of additional topics they offer each year, ranging from Disaster First Aid, Radio Communications, Search & Rescue, and more.
There is no cost to attend; however, please note that This Is A 21 Hour Course and You Must Attend The Entire Series Of Three Dates listed below.
DATES: FRIDAY 2/2, SATURDAY 2/3, SUNDAY 2/4.
HOURS: Friday from 6PM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-5PM, Sunday 8AM-5PM
Just a reminder that the Speedway Police Department is undergoing an assessment by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc) to achieve accreditation, indicating that the Department meets the high standards and criteria and excellence in public safety.
How Can You Help and Why Your Support Is Important
Public support is an important part of the CALEA assessment. You can help by:
- Attending the meeting on Monday 12/11 at 5:30 at the Town Hall meeting room and offer comments;
- Attending the meeting and listen to comments
- Calling to offer your comments on 12/11 between 3-5 PM at 317-246-4326
- Writing your comments to the Commission: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.
Thank you for your support!
A quick reminder that there will be a Neighborhood Watch Meeting tomorrow night, Thursday November 30th at 7PM at the Community Room at Flanner & Buchanan.
We will have a safety presentation from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and open Q & A with SPD.
See flyer for more details.
A Speedway Neighborhood Watch meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 30th at 7PM at Flanner & Buchanan’s Community Center.
Deputy Prosecutor Daphne Whitmire of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will offer a presentation on “Safety by Design: Burglary Prevention.”
Click flyer below for more details.
For more info on the presentation, see the MCPO flyer: Safety By Design – Burglary Prevention
Even with race season coming to a close with the Red Bull Air Race, October is shaping up to be a busy month for the Speedway Police Department and Citizens Academy / Volunteers in Policing.
The 8th Citizens Academy Class is underway and students are again having a fun and informative time! In addition, we will be hosting or participating in the following events in October.
National Night Out
Lt. Sam Alexander invites Speedway residents to join SPD at National Night Out!
Thank you to our sponsors and participants!
On Saturday, October 21st, the Speedway Police Department will again host a location for the next Community Shredding and Electronics Recycling Day, to benefit the CrimeStoppers Reward Fund.
Trunk or Treat
On Saturday, October 28th, We will again be participating in the Speedway Chamber event, Trunk or Treat, an event which has been growing over the past several years and is a lot of fun!
See flyer below for details (click image to enlarge).
Update: The SPD Citizens Academy is still accepting
applications for the 8th Class. All interested parties must submit applications in person or online no later than 4PM, Friday, July 28, 2017.
Speedway, IN—The Speedway Police Department is currently accepting applications for its 8th Citizens Academy Class.
Classes will be held every Wednesday evening, from 6pm-9pm, beginning August 30th, 2017 and running for 12 weeks.
The Citizens Academy is a free class, where participants will have lecture and hands-on experiences with different police responsibilities.
Class sizes are limited to 20, and mainly selected on a first-come, first served basis. Only those who apply will be considered for the class, we do not allow walk-in participants.
Anyone interested in participating should fill out the application online, or, if preferred, the application is available to print using the link below. All applications must be received by no later than August 4th, at 4pm to be considered for this session.
Any applications received over the class size will receive automatic wait-list status for the next session. Any further questions, please contact Ms. Sarah Edie at email@example.com or by phone at 317-246-4300.