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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Speedway Police escorts Jeff Gordon from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Pittsboro for a parade in his honor.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Congratulations to Officers Keegan Rupenthal and Jacob McAtee who have been selected to join the Motorcycle Unit!
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!
Officer Howery assists Turbo Tatin in bringing the Terrible Toymentor to justice!
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.
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!
Congratulations to Sgt. Robert Dine on successfully completing the IMPD Leadership Academy and graduating on November 20th!
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!
Speedway Police escort Santa Claus, driven by IndyCar’s Ed Carpenter, to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
Officer Howery and Lamariante Poole at shop with a cop Sponsored by FOP Lodge 86.
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!
Shannon Turpin, wife of SPD Officer Mat Turpin (K9 Unit) and some of the wives of other SPD Officers, are planning to do some special things for the department to celebrate the upcoming National Police Week, May 10-16. They would like to offer any interested residents a chance to help them and show your support for SPD!
Some of the things they have planned throughout the week include: 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.
Especially with the continued national tensions involving law enforcement, it’s important to offer our continued support to SPD for their commitment to our town and citizens through their community policing efforts.
To sign up for any of these, go to http://tinyurl.com/SPD-NPW-2015. Shannon will get in touch with everyone who signs up to give you further details and direction regarding the particular event / activity you signed up for. She said there will be a drop box at SPD where you can bring donations (food, desserts, gift cards, etc.).
You can sign up to help with as many as you like and any little bit of help you can offer would be appreciated! Please feel free to share the link and info with other Speedway residents so we can show SPD our support during National Police Week!
Post originally published on April 13, 2015. Updated April 10, 2018 to reflect the addition of the 311 Non-Emergency number for cell phones.
In response to many people who have asked when to call 911 vs. when to call the non-emergency line, we hope this post from the Speedway Police Department will offer some guidance and clarification. As of April 9, 2018, Marion County has implemented a non-emergency phone system for cell phones, where residents can cell 311. For those on a land line, continue to use the SPD non-emergency number of (317) 246-4300, which also can be found on the right sidebar of this site.
What is an Emergency?
An “emergency” is an event that poses immediate, significant threat to life and/or property. The following are examples of an emergency:
A request for medical assistance
A person threatening to harm themselves or others
A noise from the next dorm room or apartment that sounds like a violent physical encounter.
A crime in progress
A situation which requires a police officer at the scene (e.g. assaults, kidnappings, burglaries, domestic disputes, terrorist threats, robberies, vehicle theft that has just occurred, vehicle or hit and run accidents with known or suspected injuries, gang related disturbance calls or any disturbance call involving a weapon, etc.)
Fire, hazardous chemical spill, smoke in your house or building, sparking electrical hazards, or fire/smoke detector or carbon monoxide alarms are sounding
Suspicious criminal activity (e.g. alarms, shots fired, shouts for help, and sounds of breaking glass, unfamiliar person carrying items dorm room or apartment, an occupied suspicious vehicle)
If the situation changes before help arrives, call 9-1-1 again and give the call taker the updated information
Examples of Non-Emergency Calls
Lost or stolen property
To determine if someone has been arrested
Non-injury traffic accidents. If you are unsure of injuries it can be considered an emergency call
Loud music or loud party complaints, barking dogs
Juvenile complaints of a non-threatening nature such as skateboarding, or loitering
Abandoned vehicles, unless suspected stolen
When You Call 9-1-1 (Items You May Be Asked to Provide)
Briefly explain the nature of your emergency or complaint
Your name, address and telephone number
Location (the address where the incident is occurring)
The location of occurrence is so the police know where to send the help. That might be the first question a dispatcher or call taker will ask you. WHY? If the call is disconnected, or there is a phone problem, the location of the incident is the minimum amount of information needed to send help. Since the address has such great importance, please be sure to give a full description of your location. For example: Provide the building or apartment name and room number or where you are in the building; or Indy 500 Track.
If outside, provide a description of where you are. Be specific. For example, if you are at the track, state you are near the front entrance of turn #4, in the back of the restrooms.
If you are driving to your destination, and calling about something you saw on the way, provide the closest cross streets to the incident occurrence. For example, Crawfordsville and Cunningham.
Once an officer arrives at the location originally provided, it is not uncommon for the situation or location to have changed. The police department will often use your location as a starting point to search for what you reported. If the officer is unable to find anything, they may respond back to your address and talk to you for additional information, but only if you want contact.
Once the police department has the very basic information they need to send help, the dispatcher will start asking more questions, such as:
Who caused the problem, when the incident occurred?
Why do you think the situation happened?
Time from the Incident to Your Call
If the problem you are reporting just occurred (or 5 -10 minutes before you called), the questions the police department asks will be different then if the situation occurred the night before. The next set of questions the police department asks may be about the person you think is responsible for causing the problem or the situation.
How to Describe a Person or Suspect
When providing a suspect description to an officer, describe that person in a certain manner. Start from the top of their head and work down to the toes. For example: White male adult about 5’ feet 7” tall, blond hair, blue eyes, with a mustache and goatee.
For the clothing description, start from the outside and move in towards the body from the top of the head and moving down to the toes. For example: The subject is wearing a New York Yankees hat, red jacket, blue flannel shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, black belt with silver type belt buckle, blue jeans and sneakers.
Information Needed if a Vehicle was Involved
How would one give information to the dispatcher or call taker if a vehicle was involved? There are certain questions asked, and in a certain order for a vehicle description. The reason dispatchers ask these questions in this way is because the officer responding to the call may spot a similar vehicle on the way to your call, the same color or year or the same make or body style. If possible, provide the license plate number too.
Here is a list of questions the dispatcher or call taker may ask about the description of a vehicle:
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. We hope this guide helps direct you to emergency vs. non-emergency lines – thank you!