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Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2017 Year in Review – Part 1


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!


Allison Elementary Kindergarten Student Donates Pennies to
Speedway Police Department
2017 Speedway Community Policing

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.


 2017 Speedway Community Policing
Our new friend Kingston Fry has struck again and donated his 2nd jar of pennies to help. Pictured: Kingston with Officer Joe Harmon and Sgt. Mirantha Wilson

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.

SPCAAA Continuing Education: "Use of Force-Shoot/Don't Shoot"

SPCAAA Continuing Education: "Use of Force-Shoot/Don't Shoot"


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.

 Speedway Neighborhood Watch - April 2017

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!

Happy Easter from Speedway PD!

Stay tuned for more of the 2017 Year in Review!

Speedway Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class Scheduled

The Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association is facilitating CERT_Logo_Finala CERT for Speedway residents.

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. 


HOURS: Friday from 6PM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-5PM, Sunday 8AM-5PM

If you are ready to sign up, click here!

Reminder: Neighborhood Watch Meeting 11/30, 7PM

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.


Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meeting Scheduled for November 30th

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

SPD October 2017 Update: National Night Out, Shred-it Day, Trunk or Treat

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

The Speedway Police Department will be holding its National Night Out event on Tuesday, October 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Leonard Park. We hope you’ll join us for some food & fun.

Lt. Sam Alexander invites Speedway residents to join SPD at National Night Out!

Thank you to our sponsors and participants!


Shred-it Day

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.

See flyer below for details (click image to enlarge).


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!

Please note the new location at the American Legion on Georgetown Road.

See flyer below for details (click image to enlarge).


Reminder: Neighborhood Watch Meeting Tuesday 4/4

Just a reminder: The Speedway Police Department’s next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held tomorrow night, with the topic being an informational session on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, followed by a Q & A with SPD.

See flyer below for details.




Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meeting: April 4th

The next Speedway Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 PM. See attached flyer for details.

CERT_Logo_FinalDue to the excellent response to our Community Emergency Response Team survey, we will have an informational presentation provided to us by the IMPD Bureau of Homeland Security / Emergency Management Agency. Please join us to see how YOU can get involved! Interested residents may still  compete our brief interest survey on CERT at the link above or at the meeting.

We will also have an open Q & A forum with the Speedway Police Department.


Speedway Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – Interest Survey

NOTE: This post been updated. See below.

The Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association is interested in CERT_Logo_Finalforming a CERT for Speedway residents.

The form linked below is to gather interest only, not a commitment. If we have enough interest, we will invite a representative of the Indianapolis Dept. of Homeland Security to speak more about the CERT program at a future Neighborhood Watch meeting. CERT members are trained at no cost by the IDHS. For more information on CERT, click here.

If you are interested in a CERT for Speedway, please complete the survey by clicking the image below.

UPDATE, 3/8/2017: Due to the excellent response we have received to CERT, we are having a presentation at our April Neighborhood Watch meeting. Click here for details.

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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.

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