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Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review – Part 4

ICYMI: We’d like to present a recap of some of the community policing initiatives from the Speedway Police Department during 2016 in the final installment of this 4-part series.

October

The Speedway Police Department’s National Night Out was held on Tuesday October 11, 2016. We were again blessed with great weather, resulting in a nice turnout from the Speedway community. We were glad to see you all! We hope there was something for everyone to enjoy – music, food, games, great door prizes, helpful information from our vendors and public safety partners, and most importantly, a chance to talk to and get to know your first responders from the Speedway Police and Fire Departments. Thanks to all who signed the “Thank You First Responders” card, which was given to SPD and SFD.

From Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell: “The Speedway Police Department would like to express their appreciation to everyone who volunteered to help with National Night Out, whether they be Citizens Academy Class 7, Alumni, or VIP. Also thank you to all the sponsors for their generous gifts and support that made the evening possible. The Town of Speedway is so fortunate to have individuals that care about Public Safety, quality of life, and Community Policing. The support and dedication is truly a benefit to SPD and the Town. National Night Out reflects who we are as a community and should make us all proud. Thank you to all.”

SWAT Officers demonstrate equipment with Speedway residents.

2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out

K9 Demonstration with Officer Mat Turpin2016 Speedway National Night Out

In addition to Speedway Merit and Reserve Officers, VIPs assisted at the Zombie Fun Run. Unfortunately, Lt. Sam Alexander was outnumbered by zombies at his post!

2016 SPD Community Policing

The second CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana Community Shred-it Day was held on Saturday, October 22. Members of the Volunteers in Policing program and Reserve Officers were again on hand to assist the department in raising funds for the reward fund, which directly benefits the community. Almost $5,000 was received at the Speedway location…this success could not have been achieved without the help of the volunteers!

2016 October Shred-it Day

2016 October Shred-it Day

2016 October Shred-it Day

In addition to the Student Academy class held in the summer, which is for students of Speedway High School and very similar to the Speedway Police Citizens Academy, School Resource Officer Mark Jones conducted an additional session. As an outreach program, it has been very positive and successful, having a lot of merit.

On October 29th, Tier 2 Speedway Volunteers in Policing & Citizens Academy Alumni along with Officers of the Speedway Police Department, participated in the Chamber of Commerce event, Trunk or Treat.

Below, left to right: Sgt. Wilson, R/Officer Pridemore, VIP Taylor

2016 Trunk or Treat

Below, VIP Dana Taylor and Citizens Academy Alumni Jayme Gehringer

2016 Trunk or Treat

Below, Sgt. Mirantha Wilson and R/Officer Pridemore

2016 Trunk or Treat

Below, Citizens Academy Alumni Pauletta Dusterberg
2016 Trunk or Treat

November

On November 16, 2016, the Speedway Police Department held a graduation ceremony for its 7th Citizens Academy class, and the 2nd class of its Tier 2 Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program. We would like to congratulate and welcome all of the students of the 7th Speedway Police Citizens Academy and Tier 2 of the Volunteers in Policing program! The Speedway Police Department and the residents of Speedway continue to build upon positive relationships and we encourage every resident and business owner to consider joining a future class.

Below: The 7th Graduating Class of the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy
7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 GraduationBelow: The 2nd Tier 2 Graduating Class of the Speedway Police Department’s Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program
7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

Below, Speedway PD Sgt. Rodney Ferguson and Officer Alex Redding with Wheeler Elementary Read-a-thon winners at Firehouse Subs.

2016 SPD Community Policing

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office offered their thanks to the many representatives of Speedway who met with them for the November Community Outreach Lunch at Charlie Brown’s Pancake and Steak House. The MCPO indicated that they are fortunate to have great partners in the community such as State Representative Karlee Macer, Speedway Schools Superintendent Ken Hull, Speedway Chamber of Commerce, and Speedway Police Department.

2016 SPD Community Policing

December

Capt. Jason Dierdorff and Lt. Sam Alexander help out at the Pub2Pub 5K race.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Officer Jereme Howery shops with Cyrus 14, Dreyfus 9, & their 3 month old brother for the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police event, Shop with a Cop. Great work by all involved!
2016 SPD Community Policing

Last but not least, the Speedway Chamber held their Light the Night on Main event, with Santa arriving at Dallara by IndyCar. Volunteers in Policing assisted by providing participants with coloring pages and community policing information, as well as outside assisting with traffic direction and control.

The Speedway Police Department’s longstanding and ongoing commitment of its police officers engaging and forming positive relationships with the community they serve, continues to build and grow. The addition of so many programs over the years, including the Citizens Academy and its Alumni Association, Volunteers in Policing, D.A.R.E, Student Academy and Neighborhood Watch, and events such as National Night Out, has been gaining momentum and interest within the community.

As opportunities arise, we hope all of you will take an interest and join us at a meeting or community event or join the Citizens Academy class or Volunteers in Policing program.

We hope you enjoyed our celebration of 2016 and we look forward to 2017!

Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review – Part 3

ICYMI: We’d like to present a recap of some of the community policing initiatives from the Speedway Police Department during 2016 in this 4-part series.

July

Our website and social media accounts started as “Speedway Neighborhood Watch,” which is just one of Speedway PD’s community policing programs. But we share so many things relating to the department’s other community policing programs (Speedway Police Citizens Academy, Volunteers in Policing, Student Academy, D.A.R.E.) that we wanted our website and social media Facebook and Twitter accounts to reflect all of those great programs! (Note: the main Speedway Police Department Facebook and Twitter accounts have not changed; we share common posts between accounts, but the Speedway PD accounts offer a wide variety of additional useful information this page doesn’t typically cover, including traffic, street closures, race information, etc.).

Coppertree Apartments held a “Back to School” event for its residents and children on Sunday, July 31st. The Speedway Police and Fire Departments, along with members of the Speedway Volunteers in Policing program, were in attendance – great food, music and fun…a good time was had by all!

BELOW: Officer Chris Helmer and Lt. Trent Theobald pose with Coppertree residents enjoying the event

2016 Coppertree Back to School Event

Officer Jereme Howery and friends
2016 Coppertree Back to School Event

Officer Nathan Shipley and two little residents enjoy some shade

2016 Coppertree Back to School Event

In Dallas, Texas in early July, a suspect ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers, killing five and injuring nine others. The Speedway Police Department is very grateful and appreciative to so many individuals and businesses in our community that have shown support and caring to our officers in a variety of ways. Dave and Marcia of Main Street’s Barbecue and Bourbon provided meals for shifts. Several food items came in for a couple of weeks to support our officers. Gillespie Florists provided a beautiful flower arrangement.

2016 SPD COMMUNITY POLICING
2016 SPD COMMUNITY POLICING

The Speedway PD Motorcycle team entertains the growing crowd on Main Street for the NASCAR Hauler parade. In addition, VIPs provide assistance to SPD Officers for the event’s traffic and security needs. 

2016 Community PolicingLt. Trent Theobald was featured in this video from IndyStar: Policing to Bridge Gaps in Speedway.

Speedway Community Policing

In the video, Lt. Theobald talks about the department’s approach to community policing: “We’ve always encouraged our guys for the positive interaction in our community policing efforts, the importance of getting out of your car, getting to know people by name. Once they know you by name, as well, it makes a big difference. And that’s where you start forming that positive relationship between community and police. It’s important to make sure these kids, now more than ever, see that side of us. Between the basketball games, I’m telling you, it’s a lot of fun but all of a sudden kids sitting there playing basketball see an officer get out of the car, and he’s calling for the ball, they enjoy that. Even if you’re having a bad day, it means something to somebody.”

Speedway Community Policing

Speedway Community Policing

Congratulations to Sgt. Mark Morgan. This month he has been with the Speedway Police Department for 35 years – many thanks for your service!
2016 SPD Community Policing

Speedway PD Officer Alex Redding takes some time on a nice summer day to have fun and play a little football with some young residents of Coppertree Apartments before school starts next week (already?)!

2016 SPD Community Policing

Officer Redding was also featured in a video and article in the Indianapolis Star For Central Indiana cops, grappling with new realities of attacks. In the video interview Officer Redding explains the support he feels from the community: “I feel a lot of support every day….I had a guy the other night, he had his two sons with him and he wanted to know if I would let him take a picture with his boys. There’s been a lot of people coming up and wanting to say thank you…and I appreciate that. I love my job, I enjoy going to work every single day. Yeah, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Speedway Community Policing

August

In continuing to offer moral support and community partnership, Allison Transmission recognizes SPD with a cake to show their appreciation and thanks.

2016 COMMUNITY POLICING

Tier 2 members of the Volunteers in Policing program have started park monitoring/patrol at Meadowood and Leonard Parks, at other times subject to volunteer availability. Earlier in the summer, they started working at the concert series, but they will also be present in the parks on various afternoons, evenings, and weekends. 

If you shop at Kroger and would like to help support the Speedway PD Citizens Academy Alumni Association, please consider registering for Kroger’s Community Rewards. After registering, all you have to do is swipe your Kroger card when you shop and the SPCAAA will get a portion as a donation! See this link for details, thank you!

The 7th Speedway Police Citizens Academy Class started in late August. Citizens Academy classes are a great way for residents to get to know the police officers that serve the community, learn more about what they do and why, and build positive relationships!

The 12 week course features a variety of exciting lectures and hands on classes taught primarily by Speedway Police Officers, as well as some other public safety partners. Graduates choosing to get involved and volunteer with the department can join the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association and when offered, continue to the Volunteers in Policing program.

September

SPD day shift thanked District 2 neighbors for helping look for a young autistic boy that walked away from his home today. We are proud to serve a community that stops whatever they’re doing to help a neighbor in need. He made it safely home thanks to caring neighbors.

The department started training a second group of Citizens Academy Alumni as part of the VIP Tier 2 program. Upon graduation, they will join the other Tier 2 graduates and assist the department with traffic direction and control at various events in town, as well as park monitoring and patrol.

Below, Tier 2 VIPs receive First Aid and CPR training from the Speedway Fire Department as part of their training.
VIP Tier 2 Training

On September 11th, St Andrews Lutheran Church recognized Speedway officers at a pitch-in at Meadowood Park. Below, Officers Alex Redding, Mike Clupper & Lt. Trent Theobald along with Chaplains Holly Hardsaw and Rick Kassel.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Join us next week for Part 4 of our Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review.

Time to Renew Your Kroger Plus Card Community Rewards Connection!

It’s January and with the new year, it is time to reconnect your Kroger card to the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy Community Rewards account.SPCAAA-Kroger Community Rewards

Just follow the steps below!

To assist in the furtherance of Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association (SPCAAA) goals, the organization has been approved as tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3), and will raise funds to help the Speedway community and police department. One way is through the Kroger Community Rewards program, and you can help us! All you have to to help us is to register your Kroger Plus card with the program, following the simple steps below. Once your card is registered, simply use your card when you make your purchases and Kroger makes a donation to our organization!

The SPCAAA is an auxiliary organization comprised of graduates of the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy program. The SPCAAA serves as an extension of the department by providing support, community outreach, distributing information about the department’s community policing programs (see links above), serving as goodwill ambassadors and helping foster positive community-police relationships.

If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

ONCE YOU HAVE A KROGER PLUS CARD, TO REGISTER FOR THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

Is your Kroger Card already registered online? If so, you can sign in to your Kroger account and then register following the steps below.

  • Visit the above website. Click Sign In, then log in using your current Kroger login/password.
  • Once logged in, click Enroll Now, scroll again to Community Rewards and click Enroll.
  • Enter NPO number 18107 or name of organization Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, select organization from list and click on Confirm.

If you have a Kroger Plus card but you have not registered for an online account, you must do that first, by following the steps below.

  • Visit the website listed above and click “Create An Account”
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number 18107 or name of organization Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, select organization from list and click on Confirm.

General Steps/Other Info

  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see our organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, your purchases will not count for our group until after you register your card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • You must swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

As our organization raises funds or receives donations, here are a sampling of ideas we would like to raise money for:

  • Support of community policing programs (Citizens Academy, Neighborhood Watch, VIP) – promotional materials (flyers, cards, etc.), equipment
  • CrimeStoppers
  • K-9 Fund
  • Scholarship for students interested in law enforcement
  • Support of Speedway Police Officers as needed
  • SPD Outreach Fund
  • Shop with a Cop
  • Community Events & Hospitality gatherings

Thank you very much for your support of the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association and our mission to help build positive community-police relationships within the Speedway community!

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National Night Out – Blood Drive Cancelled

Thank you to everyone who kindly committed to our blood drive during the upcoming National Night Out event. Unfortunately, due to a schedule conflict, the blood center does not have staff available on that day.

We apologize for any inconvenience but hope you all attend our National Night Out event – we’ll have lots of food, fun and other activities!

ISP: Police Action Shooting in Speedway

 

From Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52-Indianapolis, IN:

Thursday March 31st, 2016 :: 09:50 p.m. EDT

*This information is being released in coordination with the Speedway Police Department.

Indianapolis – Shortly after 1 p.m. today officers from the Speedway Police Department received information of a possible wanted subject, 57 year old Douglas Gaultney of Knox County Indiana, in a white van in the area of 18th and MacArthur Lane, in Speedway. Officers were able to locate and make contact with Gaultney, who was the sole occupant of the van. Gaultney immediately brandished a shotgun causing the officers to move to a safe position and call for additional help. Gaultney was making statements that led police to believe he did not have intentions of exiting the vehicle.

The Speedway Police Department SWAT team, along with the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department all responded to the scene. Officers attempted to negotiate with Gaultney for several hours. Gaultney exited the van at one point with the shotgun in his hands but immediately re-entered the van.

Shortly before 7 p.m. members of the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Speedway Police SWAT team attempted less lethal tactics of tear gas and use of an armored state police vehicle to encourage Gaultney to peacefully surrender.  However, Gaultney chose to get out of the van armed with a shotgun that he pointed at officers.  This action resulted in several police officers shooting Gaultney who then fell to the ground. Life saving measures were immediately initiated by police officers until medics, who were staged nearby, were able to provide direct first-aid to Gaultney. Gaultney was then transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition and at the writing of this release was in surgery.

No police officers or other citizens were injured during this police action shooting. Crime Scene Investigators are currently on the scene collecting and preserving evidence, as well as investigators from the Indiana State Police and Speedway Police Department.

Douglas Gaultney was wanted out of Knox County on violation of probation for possession of marijuana.

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

Investigating Agency: Indiana State Police

Assisting Agencies: Speedway Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Speedway Street Department, Speedway Fire Department.

Source: Police Action Shooting in Speedway

Other news stories:

The Speedway Police Department encourages you to call if you feel something is suspicious or potentially warrants their attention. They are more than happy to patrol any areas necessary to help identify or deter any potential dangers. If you feel something to be suspicious NEVER hesitate to call the department.

Speedway State of the Town Highlights Community-Policing Partnerships

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Speedway Lions Club hosted the annual State of the Town Address, held in the Media Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In addition to summaries of the various Town of Speedway departments, including Parks, Streets, Infrastucture, Schools, and Fire Department, Speedway Town Council President David Lindsey spoke about the effort and commitment of the Speedway Police Department to the safety of the town, highest standards of policing practices, as well as the continued strengthening of partnership with residents.

I personally believe that the key to the quality of life begins by keeping our residents safe. Our emergency services have consistently risen to the challenge of protecting our residents, businesses, and investments in our community.

Our police department was recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies as an accredited police department. This recognition places our police department among the select police departments in the United States that have best police practices. Of the over 17,000 police departments in the United States, only 581 are CALEA accredited and our police department is one of those departments.

We see other instances around the country where there is strife between the community and police; but in Speedway, our police department is part of our community, and as a group professionals charged with a challenging and often dangerous job, they have willingly accepted the challenge to adopt the highest standards of law enforcement.

Speaking of engaging citizens and police, the department’s Volunteers in Policing services has done just that. The V.I.P. program utilizes graduates of our outstanding Citizens Academy to assist in special public safety assignments including special event security and traffic control. Would all of the graduates, instructors,  and volunteers of our Citizens Academy please stand and be recognized at this time. Thank you.

In 2015, this partnership between the community and our police department extended to our high school as well. The outstanding leadership in Speedway schools and the Speedway Police Department created the first Student Academy to foster strong relationships between the next generation of leaders in our community and our leaders in law enforcement.

We accomplished all of this while serving as the lead law enforcement agency for three international sporting events and 62 special events in the community. Make no mistake, our emergency service professionals face challenges each day. To assist in the challenging environment that they must operate in, we have invested in the infrastructure that allows our team to stay informed. We have improved cameras at intersections and in our parks, adopted a policy that will allow the police department to replace the oldest squad cars in the fleet and we’ve partnered with other agencies to utilize data and mapping technology to be more proactive. We believe that by fostering strong partnerships in the community and taking decisive action to deter and arrest criminals, we will continue to protect the investments that we have made in this community.

Our Code Enforcement Division took on the challenge of developing recommended updates to the Town’s Municipal Code. This is no small task when you consider that the code in some instances was nearly 90 years old. These policy changes added a much needed review of the necessity of many of these antiquated laws while also recommending policies that make our neighborhoods stronger and safer. I greatly appreciate Joe Kramer’s efforts to help us not only enforce the Municipal Code, but also to find ways to strengthen it. Thank you Joe.

Click here to watch the entire video of the Speedway Town of the Town Address (the portion the address related to public safety starts at 45:46):

In addition, the 2015 Year in Review video is shown at the end of the State of the Town Address or you can view it separately below. The video contains clips of so many of the great events, construction, and development in Speedway. Among them is our 2015 National Night Out event, as well as the graduation for the latest Citizens Academy Class!

IMPD Hosts Regional Law Enforcement to Discuss Crime Initiatives

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Chiefs from within and around Marion County (including Speedway PD) met with IMPD to discuss crime & data analysis and how to better communicate with each other.

IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said:

“It was our pleasure today to have some of the surrounding Chiefs of Indianapolis come here and talk about working together in partnership to try to deal with some of the issues we’re facing, not just in Indianapolis but throughout Central Indiana. I’m really excited about the men and women that represent the departments around us; good, hardworking motivated individuals, they’re going to bring alot of talent to helping us in Indianapolis and as we work at trying to really focus on crime, we want to make sure that all of our Chiefs understand what’s going on, so we just don’t simply displace crime. In working together, we improve the quality of life for all the residents of Central Indiana. So we’re very grateful to the Chiefs for being here today and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

IMPD Assistant Chief Bryan Roach said:

We believe that crime doesn’t have any borders and that all of us are probably dealing with the same issues and even some of the same individuals. So this was an opportunity to communicate where we as a police department, IMPD, is going and to enlist their help and to open up doors of communication so that we can be more effective for the community in general.”

Speedway Police and Fire Departments Recognized at Town Council Meeting

For those who couldn’t attend or see it live (or if you have “cut the cable”), the Speedway Town Council Meeting on Monday 2/8 had a recognition for the work of Speedway PD and Speedway Fire Department regarding the tragic fire on January 1, injuring Speedway resident Greg Staab and claiming the life of his girlfriend, Penny Stewart.

SPD Chief Jim Campbell read a summary of the letters of commendation given to Officer Raymond Hurt, Officer Matt Dahlke, Sgt. Robert Dine, Officer Chuck Ezell, and Sgt. Jeff Griffin, who all assisted with CPR before fire and medical personnel arrived.

SFD Assistant fire chief recognized everyone on B shift for their work that evening and the cooperation between police, fire, and medical services.

We thank everyone in public safety for your service to our town!

See video linked below. Please note this video will only be available for a brief time on the SCTV site archives

http://townofspeedway.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=a8007eef77e163d37910bac87c71ca75

Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meeting: Thursday 3/3/16

The Speedway Police Department and Speedway Neighborhood Watch have scheduled a general meeting for Thursday evening, March 3, 2016. Please see flyer below for meeting details.

Join us for a presentation by Speedway Code Enforcement Officers Joe Kramer and John Merritt, followed by an open Q & A session with Speedway PD.

All residents are welcome to attend!Speedway Neighborhood Watch Flyer 2

Speedway Police-Community Partnership: 2015 Year in Review

ICYMI: As another year comes to a close, we’d like to present a recap of some of the community policing initiatives from the Speedway Police Department.

January

To show their continued support and thanks to the Speedway Police Dept. in conjunction with Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association presented SPD personnel with restaurant gift cards, which were donated by alumni.

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Speedway Police Citizens Academy Gives Gift Cards to SPD

Speedway Police Citizens Academy Gives Gift Cards to SPD

February

Speedway Neighborhood Watch held a meeting where Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell and Assistant Chief Chuck Upchurch gave a presentation on crime statistics that were recently published on an online real estate brokerage site/blog.

March

The observation and quick reporting by a Speedway resident (and SPD Citizens Academy Alumni) to the Speedway Police Department last night led to the arrest of the suspect regarding a drug deal near Pam’s Pitstop Pizza. 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.

The Speedway Police Department was awarded accreditation at the CALEA conference in Reno, Nevada. Sgt. James Thiele and Administrative Coordinator Sarah Edie were responsible for coordinating the effort. CALEA accreditation signifies the department is using best practices and operating with the gold standard of professional police excellence.

April

Speedway Police Department announces its newest community policing program, Student Academy, modeled after its successful adult-level Citizens Academy.  The Student Academy, coordinated by Speedway Resource Officer Mark Jones, is a contemporary concept used to build positive relationships between local law enforcement and students in the Speedway community. This voluntary program will facilitate open and active dialogue between students and officers in a classroom atmosphere, utilizing topics related to law enforcement as the foundation for discussion. 

In addition, SPD launched another community policing program, Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.), with 14 alumni from the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni joining at Tier 1. The V.I.P. program will be based upon a tiered system. Each tier will be representative of a specific set of duties and responsibilities that will be commensurate with training each volunteer receives from the Speedway Police Department. Each tier is progressively more intensive, and requires additional training the further the volunteer progresses in the program. Several of the Tier 1 VIPs expressed interest in continuing to Tier 2, with training to take place later this summer.

Detective Kyle Hodges and Lauren Roemke participated in “Read Across America” today at Allison Elementary. The two were part of a group of Speedway PD employees that read books at local schools. The two dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss.

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May

Shannon Turpin, wife of SPD Officer Mat Turpin (K9 Unit) and some of the wives of other SPD Officers, along with Citizens Academy Alumni and Speedway residents, showed their support for SPD during National Police Week by providing a bar containing various types of fruits, candy, snacks, granola bars, bottled water, juice, etc.; thank you cards; desserts; donuts/bagels and juice; gift card giveaway.

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June

RTV6’s video features the Speedway Police Dept.’s Student Academy, which joins the Speedway Police Citizens Academy and Speedway Neighborhood Watch, two other community policing programs started by SPD to build positive community-police relationships. CBS 4 also featured the Student Academy.

The Speedway Police Citizens Academy class scheduled for September, received a phenomenal response! All 20 seats were filled by June, and applications continued to be received, resulting in a waiting list for the 2016 class! Graduates of the Police Citizens Academy class also have opportunities to support and volunteer with the police department in a variety of ways.

For more information on the Speedway Police Citizens Academy class, click here.

On Saturday, June 6, the Speedway Police Dept, Citizens Academy Alumni and Neighborhood Watch volunteers were at Leonard Park for Relay for Life running a Jail & Bail…Officer Pat Hammel is on hand to arrest!

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July

Speedway Police escorts Jeff Gordon from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Pittsboro for a parade in his honor.

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Nine Tier 1 Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.s) begin 35-40 hours of training to move forward into Tier 2, which training will commence in August.

August

The first class of nine Tier 2 Volunteers in Policing graduated on Thursday, August 6, 2015, with a ceremony at Speedway Town Hall. Police Chief Jim Campbell spoke about the importance of the department’s community policing programs, including Neighborhood Watch, the Citizens Academy, and the newest program, Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.). These programs strengthen the community through building positive relationships between residents and police, working together to solve community concerns and problems. Chief Campbell expressed his and the department’s appreciation to the volunteers (and their families) for their time and dedication to the department and the Town of Speedway.
Speedway V.I.P. Tier 2 Graduation

September

The 6th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class began on September 2nd and we couldn’t be more pleased with the tremendous response from residents! The class was filled a couple of months ago, and there is a waiting list whose applications will be considered for the 2016 class. We hope that the momentum of interest in the class will continue to build over the years, and that graduates will join our Citizens Academy Alumni and become active in supporting and assisting the department. Over the 12-week class, student Pauletta Dusterberg wrote about her experience with the SPCA, which we published here and was featured in the Speedway Town Press. For more info on SPCA or to apply, click here.

Congratulations to Officer Mark Jones who is celebrating his 30th year with the Speedway Police Department in 2015.

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October

The Speedway Police Department, Citizens Academy Alumni, and Neighborhood Watch held National Night Out on the alternate date of October 6th. We had great weather and an even better turnout of residents who enjoyed food, bounce houses, face painter, music, prizes – and most of all, building community-police relationships!

2015 Speedway NNO

Here is a slideshow of photos from the event. If you are on an iOS device and cannot view the slideshow below, click here.

State Representative Karlee Macer and Officer Keegan Rupenthal stopped by to meet volunteers working on the home at 20th and Allison today. The home is being built for an Army veteran. It is being built by the Pit Crew and is sponsored by Jonathan Byrds and partners with the Fuller Center for Housing and the Speedway Community Development Corporation.

Macer was doing her ride along as part of the 2015 Speedway Police Department Citizens Academy.

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Speedway officers recently completed an IPMBA certified police mountain biking school hosted by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. During the school they got to meet Butler Blue III on the floor of Hinkle Fieldhouse. Pictured below are Officers Alex Redding, Robert Fekkes, Joe Harmon and Jacob McAtee. Officer Fekkes is a certified instructor and assisted with class instruction. The other three officers became certified during the school and will be utilized for cycling patrols throughout the year.

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The Speedway Police Department and Citizens Academy Alumni / Volunteers in Policing participated in the Speedway Chamber of Commerce event, Trunk or Treat, handing out candy to Speedway children! It’s a great event that keeps increasing in popularity and we are happy to participate!
2015 Trunk or Treat

Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.s) assist the Speedway Police Department with the semi-annual Shred-it Day event, which helps raise money for CrimeStopppers of Central Indiana.
Shred-it Day, October 2015: Volunteers in Policing (VIP)
Shred-it Day, October 2015: Volunteers in Policing (VIP)

Congratulations to  Officers Keegan Rupenthal and Jacob McAtee who have been selected to join the Motorcycle Unit!

November

Tatin Carroll, 6, had his wish to be a super hero granted by the Make a Wish foundation and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Friday, November 20, 2015. His wish was to be a Super Hero and he was turned into Turbo Tatin. He visited the Indianapolis Colts, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Riley Hospital for Children where he captured a toy thief.

Speedway Police Lt. Sam Alexander and Officer Jereme Howery escorting Turbo Tatin to Riley Hospital to save the city!

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Officer Howery assists Turbo Tatin in bringing the Terrible Toymentor to justice!

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Speedway Police (Chief Jim Campbell, Asst. Chief Upchurch, Capt. Jason Dierdorff, Sgt. Mirantha Wilson, Officer Mat Turpin, Officer James Bell, Officer Mark Jones, Officer Joe Harmon, Det. Lauren Roemke, and Officer Jacob McAtee) at a meet & greet with the students of the Pride Academy.12049148_1168276846520081_4584745102303481782_n

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Congratulations to the 6th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class! Over the past 11 weeks, they had a chance to learn more about how police really do their jobs, the tools and procedures they use, the decisions they make and the people they deal with daily. Graduates now have the opportunity, if they choose, to volunteer with SPD in a variety of ways. We’re glad to have them join us!

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Congratulations to Sgt. Robert Dine on successfully completing the IMPD Leadership Academy and graduating on November 20th!

December

Volunteers with the Speedway Citizens Academy Alumni and Volunteers in Policing assisted with Light the Night on Main. V.I.P.s provided assistance with traffic direction/control, while CA alumni provided information to attendees on SPD’s community policing programs.

Since graduating in August, Volunteers in Policing VIPs have assisted the Speedway Police Department with valuable staffing at many town events, including the Indiana State Criterium, Hops & Flip Flops 5K, Indy Jazz fest, Lions Club Halloween event, Shred-it Day, Speedway Spectacular Parade, and Speedway Zombie Fun Run. The Town of Speedway will continue to benefit from these dedicated volunteers!
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Speedway Police escort Santa Claus, driven by IndyCar’s Ed Carpenter, to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

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Officer Howery and Lamariante Poole at shop with a cop Sponsored by FOP Lodge 86.

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VIP and Citizens Academy-BW As the nation’s law enforcement continues to face challenges, the Speedway Police Department continues to maintain the positive growth and forward momentum of its community policing programs. 2015 saw unprecedented interest in the Speedway Police Citizens Academy program, and the successful launch of two new programs, the Student Academy and Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.).

With so many residents partnering with the Speedway Police Department, we’re anticipating an even better 2016!

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