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2018 – SPD Year in Review, Part 2

JULY

In response to the growing trend in online shopping and online business transactions, the Speedway Police Department has established an “E-commerce Exchange Zone.” Area residents can use this as a safe place to complete their private business transactions that are initiated through online sites such as Craigslist, OfferUp, and Facebook Marketplace. Each year these types of transactions have developed into crimes such as theft and robbery when individuals meet strangers in parking lots and other unsecured locations in communities across the U.S. The Speedway Police Department has designated two parking spaces in the south parking lot located at 1410 North Lynhurst Drive. Although law enforcement officials will not be involved in the verification, monitoring, or facilitating of the transaction, it provides a familiar, well-lit area to conduct business. The Speedway Police Department also operates 24 hour video surveillance of this area and anyone utilizing the “E-commerce Exchange Zone” is subject to being recorded. No prior arrangements with the Speedway Police Department are necessary for these types of transactions.

SPD Designates "E-Commerce" Exchange Zone

@SpeedwayPD officers attending a picnic with @PrideAcademy317 today at Meadowood Park. Thanks for the invitation.

SPD Officers attend Price Academy Picnic

A big thank you goes out to youth group members from Chestnut Ridge Church of God in Hubbard, Ohio. They stopped by this morning to say hello and provide goody bags for officers. Youth group members are in Indianapolis this week for a convention #THANKYOU

Ohio Church Provides Goody Bags to SPD Officers

AUGUST

Big shout out and thank you to the Girl Scouts of Indiana for the donation of cookies to our officers! You guys really know the way to our hearts

Girl Scouts Donates Cookies to Speedway Police Officers

SEPTEMBER

Congratulations Officer Derek Eisman and Officer Mark Ludwig on graduation the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Session 215. We look forward to having these officers back @Speedway_IN soon. Good luck on the beginning of your career in law enforcement.

Two Newest SPD Officers Graduate from ILEA

Congratulations to Speedway's Newest Two Officers

Dixie the Praying Dog came to visit the Speedway Police Department. Thanks for stopping by!

Dixie the Praying Dog visits SPD

@SpeedwayPD representing tonight at the Cunningham Park Neighborhood Association annual block party #CommunityPolicing #Westside @Speedway_IN

SPD Attends Cunningham Park Neighborhood Association Party

@SpeedwayPD represented by Officers James Bell and Karl Brown at @SPEA_Indy job fair today @IUPUI #LawEnforcement #Career #Employment

SPD Officers Attend IUPUI Job Fair

@SpeedwayPD working the @Racemaker #DiamondintheRough 5K for Speedway Trails earlier today @Speedway_IN @ChamberSpdwy

SPD Officers and VIPs work Diamond in the Rough 5K Race

Tier 2 VIP Wayne Grabman speaks on behalf of the Speedway Police Departments Volunteers In Policing program tonight for the Daughters of the American Revolution Speedway Chapter organization at the American Legion Post 500.  VIP Grabman has been in the SPD Volunteers In Policing program for 3 years now, and it was his pleasure to share some experiences and the training the Volunteers go through with these ladies.  Thanks to those ladies and for the donation made to our program as well, that was a pleasant surprise. Thanks to SPD Lt. Dine for joining and adding to the discussion

Tier 2 VIP Wayne Grabman speaks at Daughters of the American Revolution Speedway Chapter

OCTOBER

VIP Gholdson at Speedway’s 2018 Trunk or Treat (PHOTO COURTESY OF: Kristen Wisemiller Photography)

VIP Gholdson at Speedway's 2018 Trunk or Treat

SPD Officer Derek Eisman and his son at Trunk or Treat

2018 Speedway Trunk or Treat

SPD Reserve Lt. Joe Killion and Officer Derek Eisman at Trunk or Treat

2018 Speedway Trunk or Treat
Shred-it Day

SPD Volunteers in Policing assisted at the second Shred-it Day to benefit the reward fund of CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana

Speedway VIPs at Shred-it Day

Shred-it Day (October 2018)

NOVEMBER

Congratulations to Lt. Sam Alexander for 25 years of dedicated service to the Town of Speedway!

Congratulations to Lt. Sam Alexander

The 9th Citizens Academy Graduated this month. Students in the 12 week class participated in mock traffic stops and investigations, learned about drones, fingerprinting, K9, drove a police car, took a high speed ride and much more. The Citizens Academy has more than 165 graduates with varying connections to the town of Speedway (residents, business owners and others).  Citizens Academy attendees learn so much about the day to day operations of the police department and get to know Speedway officers, and are the best ambassadors and partners for the Police Department. Graduates of the program who would like to get more involved in the community and assisting the department in their community policing partnerships, are eligible to apply for the Department’s Volunteers in Policing program. Click here for more photos from the 9th Citizens Academy Class!

9th Speedway Police Citizens Academy

DECEMBER

Officer Jereme Howery, Officer Mark Ludwig, and VIP Vicky Wilkerson at it already this morning @IndyFOP86 Shop with a Cop. Officer Howery is with Caden and Landen and Officer Ludwig is with Karl and Alicia. Officer Howery’s daughter Harper is also helping out this morning. Thanks Harper Jo and all the local law enforcement helping with such a great program!

SPD Participates in Shop with a Cop

Look who Officer Jereme Howery ran into at Speedway United Methodist Church earlier today!

Look who SPD Officer Jereme Howery ran into today!

 I spy Sergeant Rodney Ferguson (top left corner in sunglasses) as he helps as a visiting instructor for B Squad firearms at Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

SPD Sgt Rod Ferguson with ILEA Firearms Instruction

Captain Trent Theobald will be retiring from the Speedway Police Department effective December 14th to pursue a career in education at Ben Davis Area 31. We congratulate Trent for his 20 years with the department and wish him well in his new career. The Speedway Police Department scheduled an opportunity to personally say “Congratulations” on Friday the 14th of December, and many community members attended!

We hope you enjoyed this recap of our 2018 Year in Review!

Community Shred-it and Electronics Recycling: April 27, 2019

Join the Speedway Police Department once again for the Spring Shred-IT and Electronics Recycling Fundraiser for Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps law enforcement find wanted felons and solve open felony cases.

Please come out and get rid of that stuff you don’t want any more or don’t want anyone to get their hands on and help Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana!

See flyer below for details.54728975_10157150816659282_3496460896316686336_o

Shop at Kroger and Help the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association

Did you know you can help the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association just by shopping at Kroger? You can connect your Kroger card to the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy Community Rewards account – each shopping trip helps the SPCAAA with our goals of helping bridge the gap between community and police and building positive community-police partnerships.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!

ACRC-501c3

K9 Tom Retires; K9 Ruck Joins SPD!

We would like to send well wishes to our K9 Tom. Last week was his last official day of work for the Speedway Police Department. Tom, alongside his handler Officer Mat Turpin, has served the Town of Speedway well. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication Tom and congratulations on retirement.

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Now…meet our new K9, Ruck! He’s joining his partner Officer Turpin. Welcome to Speedway!

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Police across the state step up enforcement for aggressive driving

Nice job Speedway PD Lieutenant Sam Alexander, discussing traffic enforcement with Mary Milz and WTHR-TV

2019 Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meetings Announced

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

Speedway National Night Out: Tuesday 8/7

The Speedway Police Department is inviting residents of Speedway to join members of the Department in celebrating National Night Out crime prevention event. The event, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, brings over 38.1 million people in more than 16,540 communities together to promote the partnership between the police and the community. The event will encourage crime, drug and violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity. Citizens across America can send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, awareness, safety, and police-community partnerships. Let criminals know that the Town of Speedway is united and dedicated to building a safer, more caring community. Please join the members of the Speedway Police and Fire Departments for the event to be held on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, in Leonard Park from 6-8PM.

Highlights of the National Night Out event will include free food and drinks provided by area merchants (while supplies last), police demos, and information about various anticrime initiatives. We’ll also have music, kids’ activities, information booths from public safety-related organizations, civic groups, town departments, and much more!

2018 NNO Flyer-R

SPD Citizens Academy Taking Online Applications for 2018 Class

SPEEDWAY, IN—The Speedway Police Department is currently accepting application for the 2018 Citizens Academy Class. Classes will be every Tuesday evening beginning August 28th, 2018, and running for 12 weeks. The Citizens Academy is a free class, where participants will have lecture and hands-on experiences with different police responsibilities.

Class sizes are limited to 20 participants, selected on first-come, first-served basis. Only those who apply will be considered for the class; we do not allow walk-in participants.

Anyone interested in participating should fill out the application online, or if preferred, the application is available to print using the link below. All applications must be received no later than August 10th to be considered for this session. Any applications received over the class size will have automatic wait-list status.

Please contact Sarah Edie at sedie@speedwayin.gov or 317-246-4300 for any questions. For more information on the Speedway Police Citizens Academy, including a printable application, see this link.

Speedway CERT Update: 2nd Class to be held in July

Another 21 hour CERT training will be held for Speedway residents on Friday 7/13, Saturday 7/14 and Sunday 7/15 at the Community Center at Flanner & Buchanan on High School Road.

If you are interested in receiving this training, you can sign up at this link. Attendees who complete the have the option (but are not required) to volunteer for a Speedway CERT Team to be formed (in process).

You can obtain more information on CERT here.

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Speedway PD Again Awarded CALEA Accreditation

March 27, 2018

PRESS RELEASE

The Speedway Police Department is proud to announce to the Speedway community that the Department has been awarded once again as an accredited law enforcement agency through C.A.L.E.A. (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies).  C.A.L.E.A. is widely considered to be the gold standard of professional law enforcement, since less than four percent of police departments in the country are nationally accredited.

This journey began six years ago when the Speedway Police Department signed a contract with C.A.L.E.A., signaling the Department’s intention to be voluntarily held to the best standards and practices in law enforcement.  The Department chose to do this to demonstrate its commitment to professionalism to the people of Speedway, whom they serve, and was accredited for the first time in March of 2015.

In December of 2017, C.A.L.E.A. sent two independent assessors to Speedway.  They inspected the Department’s facilities and equipment, reviewed the Department’s policies and procedures, observed officers at work, and interviewed Speedway community members regarding their interaction with the Speedway Police Department.  Upon completion of their visit, the C.A.L.E.A. assessors recommended without reservation that the Speedway Police Department once again receive accreditation.

On March 24, 2018, representatives of the Speedway Police Department travelled to Frisco, Texas and met with the C.A.L.E.A. commissioners.  The commissioners formally recognized the Speedway Police Department as a re-accredited agency.  This award is good for four years, at which time the Department will again apply for re-accreditation.

The Department wishes to thank the people of Speedway for their continued support through this process, and looks forward to serving the Town of Speedway in the future.

Speedway Police Department

2018 - CALEA

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