This week, we’re getting to know another member of the Speedway Police Department. In this episode, Sgt. Kyle Hodges tells us about his career with Speedway PD, his daily duties – and one of the funniest moments he’s encountered while patrolling, you won’t want to miss!
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In today’s segment of “Getting to Know Your Officers”, Debbie West continues her talk with Sgt. Jacob McAtee, who tells us what the community can do to help the police, what he enjoys about Speedway, and shares one of his more amusing moments of policing!
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Officer Karl Brown with our first video. In case you missed it, you can watch our interview with Officer Brown at our YouTube channel here (or the link on the right side of our page).
In our next “Get to Know Your Officers” video, we’re talking to Speedway PD Sgt. Jacob McAtee. In this first installment, Sgt. McAtee introduces himself, shares a bit about his recent promotion to Sergeant, and what he enjoys about patrolling!
On Friday, we’ll continue our talk with Sgt. McAtee, so stay tuned!
Welcome to the final installment of the Speedway Police Department’s 2017 year in review!
The Speedway Police Department invited residents of Speedway to join members of the Department in celebrating our National Night Out crime prevention event. The event brings communities together to promote the partnership between the police and the community.
Thanks to all who attended National Night Out-we hope you had a great time, had plenty of food and enjoyed meeting with SPD!
Congratulations to Sergeant Rodney Ferguson. Rodney has been with Speedway PD for 30 years. Thank you for your service!!
Thank you Barbecue and Bourbon for providing an excellent lunch once again for our Crime Stoppers Shred Day volunteers. Much appreciated!
Speedway PD – Guardians of Speedway – had a great time at Trunk or Treat! It was freezing but so much fun!
The Speedway Police Citizens Academy graduated its 8th class, congratulations and we look forward to you continuing your relationship with the Speedway Police Department through volunteerism, continuing education and other partnership opportunities!
Citizens Academy Alumni and Volunteers in Policing (VIP) provided the graduation reception
Mrs. Alisia Apple of Pride Academy was presented the Jefferson Award today! Thank you Alisia for all the wonderful things you do for the children and the community! You are an amazing woman and we are so lucky to have you and Pride in our community!
On Monday, December 4th, 2017 the Speedway Police Department hired its newest police officer. Officer Karl Brown, 35, was sworn in by Clerk-Treasurer Monty Combs during a ceremony held at the Speedway Town Hall. Officer Brown resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife L’America Brown. Prior to working for the Town of Speedway, Officer Brown was employed as a Police Officer with the Indianapolis Airport Police Department. He is a graduate of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy class 2015-205 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Indianapolis. Please help us in welcoming Officer Karl Brown to the Town of Speedway.
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Speedway Police and Fire sandwich challenge at GetGo Speedway PD vs. Speedway Fire Department in a sandwich making contest for charity at the new GetGo in Speedway. Unfortunately SPD lost for following the rules! Thanks to Speedway GetGo for the donation made to the department during their long awaited grand opening.
It was a great 2017 and we look forward to an even better 2018!
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!
Welcome to the second installment of the Speedway Police Department’s 2017 year in review!
Speedway PD officers stopped by the last day of Vacation Bible School at St. Chris church today.
Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni again organized Team Dragnet at Relay for Life. Along with SPD Officers, they ran the very popular Jail & Bail!
Team Dragnet also consists of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, who made walking tacos!
Thank you Pride Academy for allowing us to take part in the back pack give away at Meadowood Park today!!
Officers Alex Redding & Nathan Shipley taking time to enjoy a lemonade from this young lemonade stand owner
Sgt. Wilson working with Speedway Cable on an informational video on how to use the new HAWK system @ 1800 Cunningham Rd.
The 8th Citizens Academy Begins – Students conduct mock traffic stops, learn about SWAT, K-9 and more.
Some of our Volunteers in Policing personnel assisted at the Speedway Kroger.
Thank you to St. Andrews Church for hosting Speedway Police and Fire. Good lunch and great people at Meadowood Park.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Stay tuned for more of the 2017 Year in Review!
Last year, we created an interest survey and had an overview presentation on the CERT program. We have now scheduled the class and all who completed the survey have had an opportunity to sign up, and are opening up the registration for the class to anyone in Speedway, even if you previously did not express interest (or if you have, you can still sign up, here!).
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
How Does CERT Benefit the Community?
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
One also expects that under these kinds of conditions family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.
If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in an earthquake, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?
First, present people the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed life saving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
I want to help, what do I need to do?
Attend the CERT 21-hour basic training course to become a Team Member. You will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your community for a disaster. Become familiar with tools to help you organize after a disaster and how to conduct triage and provide basic first aid. Learn to assess damage after the disaster, extinguish a small fire, conduct searches and rescue victims safely, and complete a small-scale disaster simulation!
The Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association has made arrangements with Indianapolis Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security to have the basic training course for Speedway residents. Our class is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday February 2-4 at the Community Center at Flanner & Buchanan on High School Road.
Once you have completed the basic course, you are eligible to take advanced classes from the DHS in a variety of additional topics they offer each year, ranging from Disaster First Aid, Radio Communications, Search & Rescue, and more.
There is no cost to attend; however, please note that This Is A 21 Hour Course and You Must Attend The Entire Series Of Three Dates listed below.
DATES: FRIDAY 2/2, SATURDAY 2/3, SUNDAY 2/4.
HOURS: Friday from 6PM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-5PM, Sunday 8AM-5PM
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.
Thank you for your support!
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.