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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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SPD Citizens Academy Accepting Applications Through 7/28

Update: The SPD Citizens Academy is still accepting CA Patch
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ications for the 8th Class. All interested parties must submit applications in person or online no later than 4PM, Friday, July 28, 2017.

Speedway, IN—The Speedway Police Department is currently accepting applications for its 8th Citizens Academy Class.

Classes will be held every Wednesday evening, from 6pm-9pm, beginning August 30th, 2017 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, and mainly selected on a 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 by no later than August 4th, at 4pm to be considered for this session.

Any applications received over the class size will receive automatic wait-list status for the next session. 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.

To apply for the 8th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class, follow this link.

SPD Citizens Academy Taking Online Applications for 8th Class

CA PatchSpeedway, IN—The Speedway Police Department is currently accepting applications for its 8th Citizens Academy Class. Classes will be every Wednesday evening, from 6pm-9pm, beginning August 30th, 2017 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, and mainly selected on a 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 by no later than August 4th, at 4pm to be considered for this session.

Any applications received over the class size will receive automatic wait-list status for the next session. 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.

To apply for the 8th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class, follow this link.

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.

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

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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Community Shred-it Day: April 29th

The next Community Shredding & Electronics Recycling Day will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 10AM-1PM at the Speedway Police Department. Please see attached flyer for additional details.
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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.

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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.
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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.

October

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

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Below, Sgt. Mirantha Wilson and R/Officer Pridemore

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Below, Citizens Academy Alumni Pauletta Dusterberg
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November

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

December

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.

July

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.

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2016 SPD COMMUNITY POLICING

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

August

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

2016 COMMUNITY POLICING

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.

September

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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