Archive for Neighborhood Watch
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
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
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).
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.
The next Speedway Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 PM. See attached flyer for details.
Due 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.
NOTE: This post been updated. See below.
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.
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.