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Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review – Part 2

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.

April

A police standoff with a suspect who had been living in his van in a Speedway neighborhood stresses the importance of promptly reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement. The Speedway community supports officers on scene with food & beverages.

Speedway Police Officers and Firefighters who graduated from Speedway schools are featured in “Speedway Hometown Heroes” video. Watch below to learn more about the Speedway Fire Department’s Capt. JP Mathews, Pvt. Eric Emerson Jr., Engineer/Arson Investigator Pete Foltz, Battalion Chief Jeff Hartman, Capt. Brian Wyatt, Lt. Jim Otte, Engineer Aaron Steffy. As they talked about their school teachers who provided positive influences in their life, a nod was given to Speedway High School teacher Becky Kilgore, a graduate of the Speedway Police Citizens Academy and also of the Volunteers in Policing program, Tier 2. Becky can often be seen around town, assisting SPD with traffic direction and control at various events.

The video then features Speedway Police officers, and that the type of service and dedication to the safety and security of every resident is part of a culture and commitment that all Speedway police take seriously.

Speedway Hometown Heroes

Patrolman Joe Harmon indicated that being from Speedway offers a connection to the town and residents that improves community policing. He says of the town, “In this town where I grew up, I know people here, I have a connection to it. I feel like I can make a difference here.”

Speedway Hometown Heroes

Sgt. Rod Ferguson explains, “Our town is unique, the fire department, the police department..the whole thing is unique. I grew up here and have a lot of pride.” Speedway Hometown Heroes

Sgt. Robert Dine states, “I’m a fourth generation police officer so law enforcement is kind of the family business. I loved listening to the radio, hearing what was going on, hearing the stories…as a young kid…and the camaraderie that exists in law enforcement. I think there was never any doubt as to what I was going to do.”

Speedway Hometown Heroes

Patrolman/Code Officer Joe Kramer states of his fellow Speedway Officers, “I’m proud to serve with the guys I work with, I really am. You have to be strong willed, you have to go by your morals, you have to go by your instinct and you just have to be true to yourself.”

Speedway Hometown Heroes

Part of the camaraderie shared by officers is also of the difficulties and memories that never go away. School Resource Officer Mark Jones indicates: “We see the worst that the world has to offer and over a period of time it really weighs on you. Of course, in my career, I can still see things when I close my eyes…some of the bad things you wish would go away.”

Speedway Hometown Heroes

Speaking of their upbringing and education from Speedway schools, they all agreed that they were taught to have pride and respect for our community.

Also highlighted is the progressive nature of the Speedway Police Department, being one of the first in the country to take the lead to create the full time position of School Resource Officer. SRO Jones says “it just goes to show the commitment that the town and the police department has made to the school system. They’ve committed 100% of my time to the schools.”Speedway Hometown Heroes

The video highlights the fact that in Speedway, “community policing” is not just a phrase, it’s being there for their neighbors. Speedway Police live it every day, whether their ability to be anywhere in two minutes, helping with school crossings, and talking to kids. Serving the community and making it a better place!

Below, Code Enforcement Officer Joe Kramer, Sgt. Rod Ferguson, SRO Mark Jones and Sgt. Robert Dine share their Speedway High School Yearbooks.

Speedway Hometown Heroes

You can watch the whole video below:

Speedway Hometown Heroes from CIESC on Vimeo.

Speedway Police and volunteers from the Citizens Academy and Volunteers in Policing programs assist Central Indiana Crimestoppers for the first of two biannual “Shred-it Days.” Proceeds from donations assist in crime solving efforts, by contributing to the reward fund.

Congratulations to Sgt. Jeff Griffin on serving for 25 years as a Reserve Officer with the Speedway Police Department.2016 SPD Community Policing

In addition, the department welcomed three new Reserve Officers, Chris Pope, Eric Scheffel, and Nick Sturgeon. Officer Pope was a graduate of the Speedway Police Citizens Academy, and joined the Volunteers in Policing program, moving up to the Tier 2 level before deciding to go straight to the Reserve Division. Congratulations to all, and thank you for your service!2016 SPD Community Policing

The Speedway Chamber of Commerce held a Coffee Crawl event on Main Street, featuring “coffee and conversation” with leaders of the town’s various departments, including administration from Speedway Police and Fire. (Photos courtesy of the Speedway Chamber of Commerce)

Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell (left) and Speedway Fire Chief Bob Fishburn.

2016 Coffee Crawl

Speedway Police Captain Jason Dierdorff
2016 Coffee Crawl

Speedway Police Assistant Chief Chuck Upchurch (left) and Speedway Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Hartman2016 Coffee Crawl

May

Many thanks to SPD wives, Citizens Academy Alumni, and Speedway residents for so many wonderful treats and surprises during National Police Week!

2016 SPD Community Policing

The D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremony was officiated by Lt. Jim Thiele, one of the program’s instructors, along with Det. Lauren Roemke and Det. Kyle Hodges.

Lt. Thiele offered a history of the program, both nationally and in Speedway, where it has been offered for 26 years. He explains that the program is not just about teaching kids of the dangers of drugs and gangs; the majority of the time is spent talking about making good choices and the consequences of their actions. The police officers, along with the teachers and parents, getting the kids to think about those things, helps the kids be successful in life, which is the goal.

Retired Speedway High School principal and current school Board member Tom Smith also spoke, emphasizing to the students the importance of the world’s need for good people, hardworking, loyal and on time, and doing the best one can.

Opening the presentation of graduation certificates, Allison Elementary students and principal Jay Bedwell presented the Speedway Police Department with a “thank you” banner, commending them for all they do for the students and the town.

Lt. Sam Alexander, motorcycle officer and head of the Traffic Division, is featured in this IndyChannel article / video about Indy 500 safety and security as it relates to the five motorcycle officers from the Speedway Police Department, as well as public safety partners Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indiana State Police. Lt. Alexander explains some of the skills and duties they perform during major events. In addition, the motorcycle officers being more approachable to citizens who may want to report something, especially given the constant reminders to the public that if they “see something, say something.” Lt. Alexander explains, “A police officer standing here next to his motorcycle, people want to come up and easily talk to you where they don’t feel as comfortable with an officer sitting in his car.” 

Speedway Community Policing

CA Alumni are doing a lot of great work to support the department and bridge the gap by building positive community-police relationships. VIP Dana Taylor also has taken the next step and joined the Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program. She and other Tier 2 VIPs assist SPD with event traffic and security at various town events, including the Mini Marathon, Angie’s List Grand Prix, Festival on Main, Racing Through the Decades Pub Crawl, and race day. Thanks to all for your dedication and service to Speedway!

Speedway PD Citizens Academy Alumni at the Festival on Main (L to R) – State Rep. Karlee Macer, VIP Dana Taylor, and Marilyn Conner.

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Lt. Sam Alexander (center) along with Officers Jacob McAtee (left) and Jereme Howery (right) of SPD Motorcycle Division pose for a photo along Main Street with a replica Borg Warner trophy.

2016 SPD Community Policing

June

The Speedway Police Department, Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni/VIPs, and Marion County Prosecutor’s Office formed “Team Dragnet – Just the Facts, Ma’am,” for the Speedway Relay for Life events. Our team raised funds for the fight against cancer by selling donuts, cookies, walking tacos & of course, running the Jail & Bail.

Thanks to Relay For Life of Speedway for honoring us with Most Team Spirit and Best Costume Awards to Speedway Officers Keegan Rupenthal and Nathan Shipley! We had a great time and we’re glad how much fun everyone has with the Jail & Bail! We were VERY busy and look forward to more fun next year!

2016 Relay for Life of Speedway

Indiana State Rep. and Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Karlee Macer hosted an Active Shooter Presentation with Speedway PD and Indiana State Police at Speedway High School. Speedway VIP Dana Taylor attended the presentation Thursday: “I just attended the wonderful, and very informative presentation from the State Representative Karlee Macer & the State Police on how to be prepared in case of an active shooter situation. Whether at home, school, work, Church, movies or restaurant, always have a plan, be ready. Go over your plan with family members, coworkers, and friends. Always know your surroundings and know all exits to any building you’re in. Even without a gun or knife, know you always have a weapon. Fingers to poke them in the eyes, so they can’t see, or go for their throat, so they can’t breathe. You also usually have a fire extinguisher in most places to use. Spray their eyes or crack them in the head. Don’t run if you’re not sure where the shooter is. Go in a secure room & lock the door. Once you are safe, call 911 immediately.”

Speedway Police held another Neighborhood Watch Meeting on June 23. The format was an open question and answer session held with Sgt. Mirantha Wilson and Officer Mat Turpin. Residents were very engaged, asking a variety of great questions.

Speedway Police Officers visited St. Christopher’s School students during vacation bible school. Here, Officer Nathan Shipley shows children his police car.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Below, dayshift officers pose with Summer Santa at the last day of vacation bible school at St. Christopher church. Left to Right: Officers Mike Marsteller, Pat Hammel, Keegan Rupenthal, Nathan Shipley, and Sgt. Rod Ferguson.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Join us next week for Part 3 of our Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review.

Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review – Part 1

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.

January

January started out with the first of several Neighborhood Watch meetings for the year, but we had a great turnout despite the cold.

Below, Chief Jim Campbell congratulates Lt. Alex Rodriguez on celebrating 20 years serving the community with SPD.
2016 SPD Community Policing

Joe Killion obtained the rank of Lieutenant within the Reserve Division. Lt. Killion also coordinates the department’s Volunteers in Policing program.

Below, left to right: Assistant Chief Chuck Upchurch, Lt. Sam Alexander, Lt. Joe Killion, Chief Jim Campbell

2016 SPD Community Policing

February

In February, the Speedway State of the Town highlights Community Police Partnerships, including the growth of the Speedway Police Citizens Academy since 2011 and the formation of the Volunteers in Policing program in 2015, along with continued positive interactions between police officers and residents. 

This month saw the Volunteers in Policing program continue to expand, with the recruitment of a second Tier 1 Class. Lt. Sam Alexander, the VIP Program Supervisor, teaches the class.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Our area experienced a nice warmup for two February weekends, allowing for Officer Alex Redding (bicycle) and Officer Keegan Rupenthal (motorcycle) to enjoy patrolling on Main Street.
2016 SPD Community Policing

Friday, February 19th marked the start of the countdown of 100 days to the 100th running of the Indy 500. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Secretary of State Connie Lawson declared Friday the “100th Running of Indianapolis 500 Countdown Day.” Special bottles of milk signed by IndyCar drivers were distributed throughout the city.

Below, Senior Director of IMS Facility Management and Planning Dave Shaw presents SPD Chief Jim Campbell with one of the milk bottles.

2016 SPD Community Policing

FOX59 published a story regarding central Indiana police agencies using data sharing equipment to reduce crime. After a regional police chiefs meeting, Speedway Police Chief James Campbell was quoted: “Identifying those people who commit crimes, giving us information about potential crime areas and supporting us in what would be our need to identify many of the same issues they have.”

Congratulations were in order for two Speedway Police Officers, Mat Turpin and Robert Fekkes, both celebrating ten years with the Speedway Police Department!

Below: Officer / K9 handler Mat Turpin at left with Chief Jim Campbell. 2016 SPD Community Policing

Below: Officer Robert Fekkes at left with Chief Jim Campbell. 2016 SPD Community Policing

March

SPD Officers Keegan Rupenthal (left) and Nathan Shipley (right) join Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni / VIP Becky, Elizabeth, and Monica at the Speedway Lions Club Pancake Breakfast.  Attending events like this is one way the SPCAAA reaches out to the community to promote awareness of the department’s various community policing programs and foster positive community-police relationships.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Later in the month, we had an excellent turnout for the Speedway Police Department for our next Neighborhood Watch meeting. Sgt. Mirantha Wilson introduced Joe Kramer and John Merritt of the Code Enforcement Division of the Speedway Police Department. Officer Kramer explained to the residents of several concepts and duties of the Code Enforcement Division, while Officer Merritt discussed building permits and related codes. March 2016 Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Code EnforcementSPD and Citizens Academy Alumni will participate in the Speedway Relay for Life event this June as “Team Dragnet: Just the Facts, Ma’am”. 2016 Relay for Life of Speedway

SPD Officers Joe Harmon & Jereme Howery attend the funeral of Howard County Deputy Sheriff Carl Koontz, shot in the line of duty during service of an arrest warrant.

All Photos-7071Through the use of social media, the Speedway community assists SPD make a quick arrest of a suspect in the theft from former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher’s Main Street business, Speedway Indoor Karting.

Below, Officer Joe Harmon visits with kids at Coppertree Apartments on a warm March evening.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Join us next week for Part 2 of our Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review.

Time to Renew Your Kroger Plus Card Community Rewards Connection!

It’s January and with the new year, it is time to reconnect your Kroger card to the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy Community Rewards account.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!

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VIDEO: Citizens Police Academy and VIP Tier II Graduation Nov. 16, 2016

Video published by Speedway Cable of the recent graduation of the Speedway Police Department’s 7th Citizens Academy Class and 2nd Tier 2 Volunteers in Policing Class.

Graduation Held for Speedway Police Citizens Academy and Volunteers in Policing

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.

Both programs are part of the Speedway Police Department’s ongoing community policing efforts, in which the department encourages Speedway residents and business owners to learn more about their operations and the challenges faced by officers as they do their jobs. That increased knowledge helps residents to better understand situations officers encounter, how they handle them, as well as the tools and resources available, which in turn, helps improve community-police relationships.

The graduation ceremony opened with the Presentation of Colors by the Speedway Police Department Honor Guard and National Anthem played on the trumpet by Speedway High School student Zach Merrill.

7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

Speedway Police Department Chaplain Holly Hardsaw gave the invocation.
7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

Lt. Trent Theobald, Police Coordinator of the Citizens Academy offered his opening remarks, thanking the students for their interest in the program and welcoming them to the Speedway Police Department family. He stressed that this experience was only the beginning, not the end – as the department offers many ways for them to volunteer to serve the department and the community.

7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell gave his address to the students, reinforcing the concept of the community and police working together. The Citizens Academy program is an excellent way to build that partnership – it is the foundation for a continuing relationship between graduates and the department as they can continue on to the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association and Volunteers in Policing programs, which work to serve the residents of Speedway.
7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

The Citizens Academy graduates were recognized and presented with their certificates by Program Coordinator Sarah Edie and Chief Campbell.

Next, Reserve Lt. Joe Killion, the Program Coordinator for the Volunteers in Policing program, gave his remarks regarding the Tier 2 program, noting that the Tier 2 graduates are examples of a continued level of volunteer service that Citizens Academy students can pursue. He thanked the graduates for their commitment and sacrifice as well their families for supporting them in their community service.

The seven Tier 2 graduates will join seven Tier 2 VIPs who graduated in last year’s inaugural class. Tier 2 VIPs provide necessary staffing to the department by assisting with security, traffic direction and control at various community events, park monitoring and patrol, and other duties as needed.

Lt. Sam Alexander, VIP Program Supervisor, joined Lt. Killion for the recognition and presentation of certificates for the Tier 2 graduates by Chief Jim Campbell. Also on stage to congratulate the students were Assistant Chief Charles Upchurch and Captain Jason Dierdorff.

Closing remarks and benediction were given by Lt. Theobald and Chaplain Hardsaw, respectively and a reception followed in the cafeteria.

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. See www.SpeedwayCommunityPolicing.com/speedway-police-citizens-academy/ for details on how you can apply for next year’s class.

7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

Above: The 7th Speedway Police Citizens Academy Class

7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

Above: The 2nd Tier 2 Volunteers in Policing Class

 Slideshow of All Photos

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Speedway Police to Participate in Trunk or Treat

The Speedway Police Department, along with members of the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association and Volunteers in Policing, will again participate in the Speedway Chamber event, Trunk or Treat.

It’s a fun and increasingly popular event in our town and SPD is happy to join other members of the community in handing out candy and talking to the kids. Hope to see you there!

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Speedway PD Starts Its 7th Citizens Academy

Over the next 10 weeks, we will be presenting a series of blog posts relating the experiences of several current students attending the 7th Speedway Police Citizens Academy.

We hope you enjoy reading about their experiences and will consider joining a future class. Applications are accepted year round, on a first come basis. Click here for more information and an application.

August 31, 2016: Class 1 – History Of Policing / History of Speedway Police Department

Submitted by Diana Miller

Students of the 7th Speedway Police Department Citizens Academy attended their first class on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. We share our thanks to Lt. Trent Theobald, Sarah Edie, Chief Jim Campbell, and Assistant Chief Upchurch for taking their time to attend and share information regarding their positions.

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SPD Chief Jim Campbell Welcomes the 7th Citizens Academy Class

We learned about the history of policing going back to the Roman empire as well as the history of the Town of Speedway beginning in 1926 with 500 residents. We were proud to hear of our Speedway Police Department receiving CALEA Accreditation, of which only 11% of police departments in the United States are approved. What an honor for our SPD! We also learned how updated technology has enabled our officers in their daily duties, that a citizen’s arrest is legal only for a felon, not a misdemeanor, and how important it is that the residents of Speedway work with our officers for community policing each and every day.

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SPD Assistant Chief Chuck Upchurch

We are looking forward to our future classes with their wide range of topics from gangs and drugs to SWAT and K9 in order for us to graduate this class and become VIPs (Volunteers in Policing). Again, we thank Chief Campbell for initiating these programs.

September 7, 2016: Class 2 – Gangs / Narcotics

Submitted by Diana Miller

Lt. Theobald once again opened last evening’s class with entertaining stories as he distributed the syllabus and ride-along sign up sheet. The class enthusiastically responded to the upcoming classes and opportunity to ride with an SPD officer.

Commissioner Phill Smith was in attendance, and provided a brief synopsis of his career and current position, including some interesting facts throughout the different positions he held.

Detective Chris Ristuccia kept the attention of the class for 2-1/2 hours with his informative presentations regarding gang and drug awareness in Speedway.  We are proud to say that Speedway does not have any gangs established due to the hard work and sacrifice of our officers.IMG_6078

Det. Ristuccia discussed the history of gangs, the reasons young people join them (to feel like they belong to something or someone for love and money, etc.), the types of membership and stages of gang membership and activity, ranging from low level misdemeanors to violent crimes. We learned the names of different gangs, their colors, and the meaning of their signs/graffiti.  The class was amazed at the overwhelming number of gangs & members in Indianapolis – 398 active gangs with over 2700 members.

Det. Ristuccia also presented, in detail, the horrific problem heroin is currently causing.  We learned heroin is now being distributed at college parties in the form of a pill (light blue) without the kids knowing it’s heroin, causing them to become addicted, ruining their lives, along with their families lives, searching for that “high” feeling that never is achieved.  It’s a desperate time calling for desperate measures to curtail this activity. Heroin is “everybody’s” drug – there is no status, all the way from the homeless to high-level professionals.

Det. Ristuccia also shared the steps which occur during a narcotics investigation and our officers’ concern in persuading kids to make better life choices. We also learned about other numerous types of drugs and the harm they do, from marijuana and inhalers to meth and cocaine.  There currently are 22.5 MILLION drug users from the age of 12 and older. It’s astounding to hear these statics, but we are so proud of our Speedway Police Department working diligently each and every day to keep our city free from gangs and heavy drug use.

The class is grateful to Detective Ristuccia for his time in presenting these topics to us.

STAY TUNED: The next two classes will be on EVO – Emergency Vehicle Operations; students will have class time learning about various aspects of operating a police vehicle and traffic stops, then will take that knowledge out to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy where they will drive a police car on a road course and conduct mock traffic stops.

Shop at Kroger and support SPD’s Citizens Academy Alumni Association

SPCAAA-Kroger Community RewardsTo 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

Speedway Police & Citizens Academy Form Relay for Life Team

The Speedway Police Department and Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association (SPCAAA) will participate in this year’s Speedway Relay for Life event, to be held for 24 hours from 10AM on June 11, 2016.

The overall theme for this year’s Relay for Life event is “Relaywood” and each participating team will feature a different movie theme. SPD and SPCAAA will partner as Team Dragnet: Just the Facts, Ma’am – in homage to our chosen movie, the 1987 feature film Dragnet, starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks.

Relay for Life is a 24 hour fundraising event, which helps the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern, cancer. Teams can fundraise online, on site or both in a variety of ways.

As in the past, we will offer the very popular Jail & Bail!

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We hope you’ll come out to Relay and enjoy something from all of the participating Relay teams, who will offer a variety of items ranging from crafts to food.

Thank you very much to our sponsor, Schmidt Associates for donating to Team Dragnet!

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Here are some highlights from Speedway’s Relay for Life event.

Speedway PD Citizens Academy, A Student’s View: Chaplain & Marion County Prosecutor

By Pauletta Dusterberg, Student in the 6th Speedway Police Citizens Academy

Wow, can’t believe this is my last blog on the Speedway Police Citizens Academy.  This was our last class, but not the end of my adventure.  My adventure is just beginning, I have become part of the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni and hoping that I will be accepted in the V.I.P. Program (Volunteers in Policing).  If you haven’t gotten excited to be part of the Citizens Academy, then you haven’t read my blog close enough.  Please check them out here: Speedway Police Citizens Academy and Speedway Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.)

Rick Kassel, SPD ChaplainThis week’s class was Chaplains and the Marion County Prosecutors Office.  Chaplain Rick Kassel presented a slide show and talk about the Chaplain Division.  Speedway is lucky to have 5 Chaplains to call upon.  Chaplains are not there to preach or convert, they are there to offer assistance and spiritual guidance in times of need.  They are called to assist at many calls that involve death or serious injury, to be there to comfort and assist family members, officers and victims.  The Chaplains are there not only for the public but for the officers and their families, they are part of the Police family, and are there for them for any guidance they may need.  They also represent the SPD at community events as requested.  They are on call 24/7, 365 days a year.

Many thanks to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for the discussion on the Community Prosecution Division.  It was very interesting to learn about the Marion County Criminal Court system and criminal case process.  We learned about the collaboration between the Marion County Prosecutor’s office,Sharon Ely, MCPO criminal justice partners and the community to create safer neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life.  There is a prosecutor located in each police district, who along with their regular duties with the court, also attend meetings and develop partnerships with neighborhood associations, businesses, and agencies.  They promote and conduct crime prevention programs and initiatives.  I learned that there are several crime prevention and education programs, such as Project Cybersafe -Educating students about cyberbullying, online threats and making them responsible with social networking and the legal consequences; EKG – Educating Kids about Gun Violence, Crime and Fraud Prevention.  We were given some very detailed information on the process that goes on before a case goes to court or jury trial.  We learned about the different types of probation and programs available in lieu of a jail sentence.  There is a lot of time and research that goes into being a prosecutor and I have a lot of respect for the office and what they must go through to make sure everyone gets fair treatment.

ON TO GRADUATION!  Congratulations to the 2015 class of the Speedway Police Citizens Academy!

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