Archive for Community Policing

Get to Know Your Speedway Officers: Officer Karl Brown

In the first of our “Get to Know Your Officers” Series, this week, our host Debbie West interviews Speedway Police Officer Karl Brown.

We hope you’ll enjoy this series and getting to know your Speedway officers!

Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2017 Year in Review – Part 2

Welcome to the second installment of the Speedway Police Department’s 2017 year in review!

June

‪Congratulations to Father Matt Tucci of St Christopher Church on becoming one of Speedway Police Department’s newest Chaplains‬.
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‪Speedway PD officers stopped by the last day of Vacation Bible School at St. Chris church today.‬

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Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni again organized Team Dragnet at Relay for Life. Along with SPD Officers, they ran the very popular Jail & Bail!

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Team Dragnet also consists of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, who made walking tacos!

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July

‪Thank you Pride Academy for allowing us to take part in the back pack give away at Meadowood Park today!!

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‪Officers Alex Redding & Nathan Shipley taking time to enjoy a lemonade from this young lemonade stand owner

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August

Sgt. Wilson working with Speedway Cable on an informational video on how to use the new HAWK system @ 1800 Cunningham Rd.

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The 8th Citizens Academy Begins – Students conduct mock traffic stops, learn about SWAT, K-9 and more.

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September

‪Lucas Oil Raceway welcomes NHRA fans to the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Main Gate partnered with Speedway PD and Officer James Bell to be part of the Project Nitro Hugs promotion.‬
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Some of our Volunteers in Policing personnel assisted at the Speedway Kroger.

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Thank you to St. Andrews Church for hosting Speedway Police and Fire. Good lunch and great people at Meadowood Park.

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Thanks to Praxair Surface Technologies for donating a fresh coat of paint and painting supplies for the Speedway Police and Fire Headquarters. We would also like to recognize these companies and individuals that helped paint the building: Employees of Praxair Surface Technologies, Employees of Zore’s Wrecker Service, Lt. Sam Alexander, Sgt. Rodney Ferguson, Off. Jacob McAtee, Off. Jereme Howery, VIP Emmanuel Merchiers & VIP Vicky Wilkerson.

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

February

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!

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Allison Elementary Kindergarten Student Donates Pennies to
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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.

March

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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.

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

April

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.

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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!

Reminder: SPD Needs Your Support, Monday 12/11!

Just a reminder that the Speedway Police Department is undergoing an assessment by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc) to achieve accreditation, indicating that the Department meets the high standards and criteria and excellence in public safety.

How Can You Help and Why Your Support Is Important

Public support is an important part of the CALEA assessment. You can help by:

  • Attending the meeting on Monday 12/11 at 5:30 at the Town Hall meeting room and offer comments;
  • Attending the meeting and listen to comments
  • Calling to offer your comments on 12/11 between 3-5 PM at 317-246-4326
  • Writing your comments to the Commission: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

For more details on CALEA, click here.

Thank you for your support!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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).

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8th SPD Citizens Academy Begins; A Few Spots Still Open!

Update: The SPD Citizens Academy started yesterday; however, SPD will still accepting CA Patcha few more applications for the 8th Class. All interested parties must submit applications in person or online by next Tuesday, September 5th at NOON. See link below.

Speedway, IN—On Wednesday, August 30, the Speedway Police Department commenced its 8th Citizens Academy Class.

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Administrative Coordinator Sarah Edie welcomed the class and explained about some of the exciting things they will be experiencing in the coming weeks – the chance to drive a police car, go on a ride along, take a high speed ride on the emergency vehicle operator’s course, learn about the various units – K-9, narcotics, SWAT, and much more!

Ms. Edie introduced Speedway Police Chief

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James Campbell, who also welcomed the class and explained his philosophy on community policing and that it was never the intent that public safety was only the responsibility of the police, but rather a partnership between the community and the police in order to solve community problems. He offered a brief history of policing, which highlighted the evolution of public safety from ancient to medieval times, through the beginning of modern policing in London, which influenced policing in America to today.

Speedway Police Commissioner Phill Smith and fullsizeoutput_1f81Assistant Chief Charles Upchurch then taught the class about the history of the Speedway Police Department including some interesting facts about the various town Marshals, as well as milestones such as first radios and even police cars in town!

 

Next week the class will be taught by Set. Chris Ristuccia, who will discuss “Gangs / Narcotics.”

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, you can still join the class starting next Wednesday, September 6th! Submit your application today at this link right away!

Any further questions, please contact Ms. Sarah Edie at sedie@speedwayin.gov or by phone at 317-246-4300.

To learn more about the Speedway Police Citizens Academy program, click here.

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.

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SPD Citizens Academy Participates In “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” Scenarios

By Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni / VIPs:
Wayne Grabman, Pauletta Dusterberg, and Jennifer Bremer

Alumni of the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy program recently participated in a Continuing Education Class, “Use of Force / Shoot-Don’t Shoot,” held at the IMPD Training Academy. The SPCAAA would like to express their thanks and appreciation to IMPD and specifically, IMPD training instructors Sgt. Nate Barlow and Officer Tony Priami, for their time, use of facilities, and excellent interactive presentation. We’d also like to thank Speedway Police Department Chief Jim Campbell & Assistant Chief Charles Upchurch for arranging the class, and to Sgt. Mirantha Wilson for her time and attendance as well! The class was incredibly insightful, tense, and provided an understanding to the stresses of police work.

SPCAAA Continuing Education: "Use of Force-Shoot/Don't Shoot"Alumni were first given an introduction into the basics regarding use of force as a part of an officer’s job. Police Officers are subjected to approximately 56,000 random acts of violence against them a year for simply wearing the badge and being an authority figure. Stressful. Every time an officer pulls over a vehicle, the officer doesn’t know how things will turn out; will the occupants be calm & responsive, or belligerent, drunk, uncooperative, have drugs, weapons, or run. Any number of things can go wrong on a traffic stop. The two most dangerous incidents for an officer are domestic violence calls and traffic stops. Stressful.

It takes 1.4 seconds for the “bad guy” to pull and fire a weapon. It takes the officer 2.5 seconds to process this incident and return fire. Stressful.

As students participated in 7 different scenarios, all of which were real life situations, it really gave a better feeling of just how quickly things go from simple to life altering. In each interactive scenario, two students worked together as partners watching a video of a suspect. Students were instructeSPCAAA Continuing Education: "Use of Force-Shoot/Don't Shoot"d to move around, speak to the suspect, issue commands, etc. With these actions, the video suspect reacted accordingly, necessitating the students to think and react in response until the “shoot/don’t shoot” moment occurred.

In one scenario, they stopped a car for reckless driving. The man appeared intoxicated and would not listen to the “officer’s” command to take his hands out of his pockets. After several attempts to get him to comply, the suspect stated he had a gun and was going to use it. He reached in his waistband, assumed a shooting stance and drew. One of the students instantly raised their gun and shot him: one fatal shot and one non fatal shot. Now for what was happening at the exact time the shot was taken, he brought up 2 fingers and said “bang bang.” An unarmed man was shot. After the events and actions leading up to the shots were weighed, it was determined to be a justified shooting. Thoughts afterward? Yes, it had to be done, but was not a good feeling.
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In another scenario, students responded as backup to an officer who had pulled over a man wanted on a warrant. The man exited his vehicle and was loudly arguing with the officer, but had not displayed a weapon or used any physical force. Suddenly, a small child exited the passenger’s side of the truck brandishing a shotgun. After several attempts to command the child to put down her weapon, she shot the first officer, after which students reacted and shot. Again, an incredibly difficult and heart wrenching situation, that we cannot even begin to fathom dealing with. But remember, all of the scenarios in the class were real.

In reading a story of a police-involved shooting, we can sit back and judge what we think should or could have happened. The effects of an officer doing their job to protect us can change their life and those of their families forever.SPCAAA Continuing Education: "Use of Force-Shoot/Don't Shoot" After having taken the class, students all agreed it would be a valuable opportunity for everyone to do a shoot / don’t shoot scenario.

Our greatest lesson learned was police officers don’t do this job hoping to pull their weapon, they do it so you can feel safe and can go home to your family. They are mothers, fathers, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, loved ones…they are just like you and me, they want to go home to their families too.

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As we go about our daily lives, and those times we see Military persons on the street and we thank them for their service, remember the Police Officers we see every day as well, and thank them too.

To them all, thank you for your commitment, your sacrifices, your families, and being you. Thank You!

SPCAAA Reflections on the Shoot/Don’t Shoot Experience:

SPCAAA Continuing Education: "Use of Force-Shoot/Don't Shoot"“This was a fabulous adventure & experience. The level of professional training our police officers are receiving is very positive.” – Chuck Blessing

“I think that was a great class I loved it.” – Denise Albrecht

“The class was incredibly insightful, statistical, tense at times, and gives an understanding to the stresses of police work. We should all be more thankful of our Officers and the commitment they have made to us.” – Wayne Grabman

“This class was very interesting and insightful, not only by reenacting police action shootings, but also with the various topics of information Nate and Tony shared. Again a reminder of the split-second decisions our officers are faced with on a daily basis that create a lifetime of memories, good and bad. We honor and are thankful as well as continue to pray for our officers safety.” – Diana Miller

“I found it to be a very eye-opening class, showing what our friends in law enforcement deal with on a daily basis. Also the stress it can cause.” – David Starzyk

“I really enjoyed the class & appreciate SPD & IMPD for making it possible. I learned a lot about how officers have to make what could be a life changing experience, sometimes in seconds. It’s not for the citizens to judge them instead they need support & reminders they are appreciated. They are normal people too, just doing their job to protect & serve and want to go home at the end of their shift to their families. Always remember to Back The Blue & show them they are appreciated.” – Dana Taylor

“This was a great class HANDS DOWN!! In our scenario, I was focusing so much on the lady with the knife, and did not realize it at the time, but became so focused on her and her actions, tunnel vision and auditory deprivation kicked in. I remember my partner talking but not what she said, I did not see the “victim” enter the site until she was about 3′ away from the knife lady. WOW.” – Jim Wilson

“The class was very informative on so many levels. It touched my heart most of all because police officers are just normal people doing an a job that takes extraordinary courage and sacrifice. Seeing a small piece of the reality of what our police officers go through on a daily basis was almost overwhelming. I am grateful I got to take this class. We need to support our officers more than we do. It makes me proud to be involved with Speedway VIP program. GOD BLESS ALL OUR OFFICERS!!!” – Monica Marks

“Informative. I enjoyed the presentation. Time well spent. Professionally done.”

“Very interactive – great instructors.”

“I wish there was a way the general public could hear what was said regarding police officers and the split second decisions they have to make on a daily basis. The class have a new and different perspective on an officer’s job they experience daily. Glad to have been part of the class.”
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