Speedway Police Citizens Academy

CA PatchMission and History

In their continuing efforts to develop community awareness through education, the Speedway Police Department offers an annual Police Citizens Academy. The mission of Speedway Police Citizens Academy is to produce better informed citizens with a deeper understanding of the Speedway Police Department, insights into how police officers perform their duties, and the role law enforcement plays in the community.

The Speedway Police Department Citizens Academy will promote the concept of “Together Everyone Achieves More.” This will create better teamwork and cooperation between the Speedway Police Department and the citizens they serve – a partnership that is necessary for the success of any police agency.

The first Citizens Academy class was held in early 2011, with a second class following that fall. Beginning in 2012, the class is held once per year (beginning in early September), running 12 weeks (class is held one night per week), and commencing with a graduation ceremony.

Class Format & Course Curriculum

The Speedway Police Department Citizens Academy consists of weekly 3-hour classes that include lectures, hands-on learning, and role-playing scenarios. Citizens will also participate in a ride-along with a patrol officer. This program will provide an overview of the professional training that Speedway Police Department officers receive and how we function to provide the highest level of service and protection to the community. Participants must be at least 18 years old prior to the start of the Citizens Academy. Highlights include:

  • Ride-along
  • K-9
  • Patrol procedures
  • SWAT
  • Narcotics
  • Gangs

In addition, students will have an opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Firearms
  • Drive a police car on the EVOC course
  • Go for a ride on the high speed course driven by an officer
  • Traffic stop

Graduates of the Speedway Police Department Citizens Academy will gain an improved understanding of the Speedway Police Department’s policing function and will be able to better assist officers in identifying and resolving problems in their community. This will improve the efficiency of the Speedway Police Department and raise the quality of life enjoyed by citizens of the community.

The slideshow below contains photos from various Speedway Police Citizens Academy classes. If the slideshow is not visible (usually if you are on an iOS device), please click here for a link to the photos.

Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association & Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.)

Academy graduates are well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services, and it is hoped that alumni will share this knowledge with other members of the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from citizens understanding of the role and function of their police agency.

Graduates can opt to become involved with their community and the police department by joining the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association (auxiliary activities) and/or by working with the department on a volunteer basis with the Speedway Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program, a tiered system of duties and responsibilities.

For more information on these two programs, see the following links:

8th Speedway Police Citizens Academy Class – Fall 2017

The 8th Citizens Academy Class is completed and graduation held on November 15th, 2017. Detailed information regarding the 9th Citizens Academy Class (Fall 2018) will be posted here when determined.

Applications are currently accepted year round for the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Class. If you are interested in applying online, you can do so at this link.

If you prefer to submit a paper application, here is a link to the Citizens Academy application that can be downloaded, printed and mailed to:

Speedway Police Department
ATTN: Sarah Edie
1410 N. Lynhurst Dr.
Speedway, Indiana 46224
sedie@speedwaypolice.net
(317) 246-4300 FAX (317) 240-1318

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to call Sarah or post on our Facebook page or Twitter account (see links at right).

Around Town

Also, be sure to look out for Citizens Academy Alumni / Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) / Neighborhood Watch at various civic events throughout Speedway! If you see us, please stop by and say hello and ask questions. CA Alumni or V.I.P.s will also be happy to relate our experiences with Citizens Academy, Volunteers in Policing, our relationship and activities with the Speedway Police Department, and even assist if you wish to join an upcoming class!

VIP and Citizens Academy-BW

9 comments

  1. Cathi Nunn says:

    Thank you for the info

  2. Jennifer Custer says:

    This seems like a wonderful opportunity for the Speedway Police Department to proactively reach out, engage, educate, empower and partner with the people of color in our community. With the demographic shift occurring in and around Speedway, I was surprised to only see white faces in the graduation photo. I would encourage the Speedway Police Department to make deliberate and intentional efforts to diversify the individuals participating in this course. Inclusion and diversity benefit everyone.

    • Speedway Community Policing Speedway Community Policing says:

      The Speedway Police Department welcomes people of every ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic background to participate in the Citizens Academy. We have done our best to advertise classes at many events in town, at local businesses, and have distributed flyers to the main offices of the apartment complexes in town when recruiting for classes. We simply fill the class with those who apply, and we encourage all citizens of the Town to apply to the Academy. We welcome any and all suggestions for reaching out to all members of our community to be able to provide this once in a lifetime experience to our citizens.

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