REMINDER: The Speedway Police Department and Speedway Neighborhood Watch will hold a general meeting for January 20th, 2016 at 6:30. Please see flyer below for meeting details. All Speedway residents are encouraged to attend this open forum and discuss community concerns.
ICYMI: As another year comes to a close, we’d like to present a recap of some of the community policing initiatives from the Speedway Police Department.
To show their continued support and thanks to the Speedway Police Dept. in conjunction with Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association presented SPD personnel with restaurant gift cards, which were donated by alumni.
Speedway Neighborhood Watch held a meeting where Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell and Assistant Chief Chuck Upchurch gave a presentation on crime statistics that were recently published on an online real estate brokerage site/blog.
The observation and quick reporting by a Speedway resident (and SPD Citizens Academy Alumni) to the Speedway Police Department last night led to the arrest of the suspect regarding a drug deal near Pam’s Pitstop Pizza. This is an excellent example of how Speedway residents can partner with the Speedway Police Department, report suspicious activity, and can effect real change in our town and help us stay safe.
The Speedway Police Department was awarded accreditation at the CALEA conference in Reno, Nevada. Sgt. James Thiele and Administrative Coordinator Sarah Edie were responsible for coordinating the effort. CALEA accreditation signifies the department is using best practices and operating with the gold standard of professional police excellence.
In addition, SPD launched another community policing program, Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.), with 14 alumni from the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni joining at Tier 1. The V.I.P. program will be based upon a tiered system. Each tier will be representative of a specific set of duties and responsibilities that will be commensurate with training each volunteer receives from the Speedway Police Department. Each tier is progressively more intensive, and requires additional training the further the volunteer progresses in the program. Several of the Tier 1 VIPs expressed interest in continuing to Tier 2, with training to take place later this summer.
Detective Kyle Hodges and Lauren Roemke participated in “Read Across America” today at Allison Elementary. The two were part of a group of Speedway PD employees that read books at local schools. The two dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss.
Shannon Turpin, wife of SPD Officer Mat Turpin (K9 Unit) and some of the wives of other SPD Officers, along with Citizens Academy Alumni and Speedway residents, showed their support for SPD during National Police Week by providing a bar containing various types of fruits, candy, snacks, granola bars, bottled water, juice, etc.; thank you cards; desserts; donuts/bagels and juice; gift card giveaway.
RTV6’s video features the Speedway Police Dept.’s Student Academy, which joins the Speedway Police Citizens Academy and Speedway Neighborhood Watch, two other community policing programs started by SPD to build positive community-police relationships. CBS 4 also featured the Student Academy.
For more information on the Speedway Police Citizens Academy class, click here.
On Saturday, June 6, the Speedway Police Dept, Citizens Academy Alumni and Neighborhood Watch volunteers were at Leonard Park for Relay for Life running a Jail & Bail…Officer Pat Hammel is on hand to arrest!
Speedway Police escorts Jeff Gordon from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Pittsboro for a parade in his honor.
Nine Tier 1 Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.s) begin 35-40 hours of training to move forward into Tier 2, which training will commence in August.
The first class of nine Tier 2 Volunteers in Policing graduated on Thursday, August 6, 2015, with a ceremony at Speedway Town Hall. Police Chief Jim Campbell spoke about the importance of the department’s community policing programs, including Neighborhood Watch, the Citizens Academy, and the newest program, Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.). These programs strengthen the community through building positive relationships between residents and police, working together to solve community concerns and problems. Chief Campbell expressed his and the department’s appreciation to the volunteers (and their families) for their time and dedication to the department and the Town of Speedway.
The 6th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class began on September 2nd and we couldn’t be more pleased with the tremendous response from residents! The class was filled a couple of months ago, and there is a waiting list whose applications will be considered for the 2016 class. We hope that the momentum of interest in the class will continue to build over the years, and that graduates will join our Citizens Academy Alumni and become active in supporting and assisting the department. Over the 12-week class, student Pauletta Dusterberg wrote about her experience with the SPCA, which we published here and was featured in the Speedway Town Press. For more info on SPCA or to apply, click here.
Congratulations to Officer Mark Jones who is celebrating his 30th year with the Speedway Police Department in 2015.
The Speedway Police Department, Citizens Academy Alumni, and Neighborhood Watch held National Night Out on the alternate date of October 6th. We had great weather and an even better turnout of residents who enjoyed food, bounce houses, face painter, music, prizes – and most of all, building community-police relationships!
State Representative Karlee Macer and Officer Keegan Rupenthal stopped by to meet volunteers working on the home at 20th and Allison today. The home is being built for an Army veteran. It is being built by the Pit Crew and is sponsored by Jonathan Byrds and partners with the Fuller Center for Housing and the Speedway Community Development Corporation.
Macer was doing her ride along as part of the 2015 Speedway Police Department Citizens Academy.
Speedway officers recently completed an IPMBA certified police mountain biking school hosted by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. During the school they got to meet Butler Blue III on the floor of Hinkle Fieldhouse. Pictured below are Officers Alex Redding, Robert Fekkes, Joe Harmon and Jacob McAtee. Officer Fekkes is a certified instructor and assisted with class instruction. The other three officers became certified during the school and will be utilized for cycling patrols throughout the year.
The Speedway Police Department and Citizens Academy Alumni / Volunteers in Policing participated in the Speedway Chamber of Commerce event, Trunk or Treat, handing out candy to Speedway children! It’s a great event that keeps increasing in popularity and we are happy to participate!
Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.s) assist the Speedway Police Department with the semi-annual Shred-it Day event, which helps raise money for CrimeStopppers of Central Indiana.
Congratulations to Officers Keegan Rupenthal and Jacob McAtee who have been selected to join the Motorcycle Unit!
Tatin Carroll, 6, had his wish to be a super hero granted by the Make a Wish foundation and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Friday, November 20, 2015. His wish was to be a Super Hero and he was turned into Turbo Tatin. He visited the Indianapolis Colts, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Riley Hospital for Children where he captured a toy thief.
Speedway Police Lt. Sam Alexander and Officer Jereme Howery escorting Turbo Tatin to Riley Hospital to save the city!
Officer Howery assists Turbo Tatin in bringing the Terrible Toymentor to justice!
Speedway Police (Chief Jim Campbell, Asst. Chief Upchurch, Capt. Jason Dierdorff, Sgt. Mirantha Wilson, Officer Mat Turpin, Officer James Bell, Officer Mark Jones, Officer Joe Harmon, Det. Lauren Roemke, and Officer Jacob McAtee) at a meet & greet with the students of the Pride Academy.
Congratulations to the 6th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class! Over the past 11 weeks, they had a chance to learn more about how police really do their jobs, the tools and procedures they use, the decisions they make and the people they deal with daily. Graduates now have the opportunity, if they choose, to volunteer with SPD in a variety of ways. We’re glad to have them join us!
Congratulations to Sgt. Robert Dine on successfully completing the IMPD Leadership Academy and graduating on November 20th!
Volunteers with the Speedway Citizens Academy Alumni and Volunteers in Policing assisted with Light the Night on Main. V.I.P.s provided assistance with traffic direction/control, while CA alumni provided information to attendees on SPD’s community policing programs.
Since graduating in August, Volunteers in Policing VIPs have assisted the Speedway Police Department with valuable staffing at many town events, including the Indiana State Criterium, Hops & Flip Flops 5K, Indy Jazz fest, Lions Club Halloween event, Shred-it Day, Speedway Spectacular Parade, and Speedway Zombie Fun Run. The Town of Speedway will continue to benefit from these dedicated volunteers!
Speedway Police escort Santa Claus, driven by IndyCar’s Ed Carpenter, to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
Officer Howery and Lamariante Poole at shop with a cop Sponsored by FOP Lodge 86.
As the nation’s law enforcement continues to face challenges, the Speedway Police Department continues to maintain the positive growth and forward momentum of its community policing programs. 2015 saw unprecedented interest in the Speedway Police Citizens Academy program, and the successful launch of two new programs, the Student Academy and Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.).
With so many residents partnering with the Speedway Police Department, we’re anticipating an even better 2016!
The Speedway Police Department and Speedway Neighborhood Watch will be scheduling a general meeting for January 20th, 2016. Please see flyer below for meeting details. All Speedway residents are encouraged to attend this open forum and discuss community concerns.
Monday, September 14, 2015: At approximately 2:30 A.M. today officers responded to the 5600 block of West 29th Place on the report of an unauthorized entry to a garage and vehicle. Upon arrival in the area officers determined that several vehicles had been entered illegally and items were stolen. Included in the items taken were garage door openers which could have given access to homes in the area. While responding to therun officers located two juveniles in the area that were later determined to be the suspects. Both of the individuals were arrested for various offenses and most of the stolen property was recovered. Homeowners are reminded to always keep their vehicles locked when unattended and remove valuables and garage door openers if vehicles are parked on the street or in a driveway.
Please join the Speedway Police Department, Speedway Neighborhood Watch, and Citizens Academy Alumni for an evening of food, information, fun, and community spirit! Help strengthen police-community relationships by meeting with SPD officers, watching police demos, and learning 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!
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.
National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
See attached flyer for more information (click to enlarge).
On the afternoon of March 25, 2015 the Speedway Police Department took a burglary report in the 2400 block of Gerrard Avenue. Photographs were taken of two persons of interest that may have been involved. Anyone who sees these individuals should contact the Speedway Police Department at (317) 246-4300. Information specific to the burglary should be provided to Detective Chris Ristuccia at the Speedway Police Department.
This is another excellent example of a neighbor getting involved, watching the neighborhood and contacting SPD when she witnessed a crime and even took photos of the suspects!
Please keep a look out for these two suspects and call SPD immediately if you see them. Also, there has been discussion several residents seeing a red pickup truck (possibly with only one headlight) driving around in the Neighborhood Watch District 2 area, and the driver stopping and looking into cars. Please be aware and call SPD if you see ANY suspicious activity. They have repeatedly indicated it is better to call and have them check it out and be nothing, than to not call!
Together, we can work together with SPD to keep Speedway safe.
Over the weekend, we transitioned our automated subscription system to a new service. This new subscription service will allow us to manage our subscriber list, enabling us to add anyone who has provided us their email address. Many of you receiving this have signed up at our Speedway Neighborhood Watch meetings, a booth at a local event, etc.
We hope this new system will allow for faster, automated notifications to the latest updates from Speedway Neighborhood Watch.
Speedway Neighborhood Watch held a meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the American Legion. Despite the chilly temperatures, the meeting was very well attended. Prior to the meeting, Speedway residents (many from social media site Nextdoor) got together for dinner and socializing.
Speedway Police Department Sgt. Mirantha Wilson opened the meeting and introduced Chief Jim Campbell, who gave a presentation on crime statistics that were recently published on an online real estate brokerage site/blog.
During their presentation, Chief Campbell and Assistant Chief Chuck Upchurch displayed the UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) statistics in various charts, explaining more about the particular circumstances of several cases, particularly homicides. They also reviewed statistics for other crimes against people, including rape and assault. Chief Campbell explained that due to the nature and circumstances surrounding such crimes (domestic violence, fights, etc.), the police are typically unable to prevent such crimes from occurring.
Various types of theft were discussed such as robbery (when a person takes something from another using some sort of force; i.e., a gun, knife, or other threat to another person), burglary (breaking and entering a structure), vehicle theft, and theft (including shoplifting and thefts from vehicles). It is in this area, where residents can assist the police department by reporting any suspicious activity.
Chief Campbell explained a couple of reasons for the increased theft statistics in our area. First is due to the responsive nature of the Speedway Police Department. He indicated that in some municipalities, the police do not respond to certain calls. In Speedway, the police department wants to know what is going on in town; therefore, all calls are responded to by a police officer, no matter how minor. In addition, the higher number of thefts (in comparison to other areas) can also be attributed to the fact that many Speedway businesses choose to address and deal with shoplifters, resulting in more arrests. In many other stores around the city, the management chooses to let shoplifters go and take a loss, rather than attempting to stop the crime.
Further, some of the thefts involve local pharmacies. Chief Campbell noted that nationwide, many pharmacies, CVS in particular, are increasingly targeted. In two recent cases involving CVS in Speedway, the suspects were quickly apprehended and arrested.
Chief Campbell showed the breakdown of the various crimes by type of property such as individual residence, businesses, and apartments. He also broke down the crimes by each apartment complex. He explained that the Speedway Police Dept. has a trespass arrangement with the apartment management, whereby Officers, on behalf of the management, can cite people on the property for trespass as applicable. Each subsequent trespass citation results in a greater level of offense, eventually leading to arrest. SPD has cited over 800 people for trespass, that would not have occurred without this arrangement.
The Chief summarized his presentation on crime statistics by stressing the importance of community policing. He explained that police were not meant to be solely responsible for a community’s safety. Rather, it takes a partnership between residents and the police department. He discussed the department’s two community policing initiatives, the Speedway Police Citizens Academy, a 12-week program where residents learn more about the police department in a variety of classes on topics from use of force, drugs, patrol procedures, and more. The SPD Citizens Academy has 106 graduates, who are part of an active alumni association and assist the department. The next class starts in September, and all Speedway residents or business owners can apply.
The other community policing initiative is the Neighborhood Watch program, where residents watch over their neighborhoods, serving as the extra “eyes and ears” of the department and immediately reporting any suspicious activities or crimes that have taken place. For example, if a car has been broken into (whether unlocked or not and whether only minor items have been taken) should be reported, so that they can investigate, track any trends in your area, and increase patrols accordingly.
Chief Campbell also indicated that the police department is working on notifying residents about incidents using Nextdoor, but that it’s not always feasible to do so immediately. Often, it takes time for the information to be compiled and sorted. However, any resident concerned about a particular incident, is encouraged to contact their Neighborhood Watch District Coordinator, who will in turn communicate with the police department for appropriate response. The email addresses for the District Coordinators are listed on the right side of this page (click here for a District Map, if you are unsure of your district).
Sgt. Wilson continued the meeting by discussing the school lockdown procedures, explaining that there is a process in place for notification to area schools including private and parochial, and that the process is being expanded to include in-home daycare providers as well.
Lastly, Sgt. Wilson reiterated the use of Nextdoor for use as a Neighborhood Watch tool, as well as for community discussion and getting to know your neighbors. Part of the site’s purpose is “civil and respectful” discussion of community concerns, even if it leads to disagreement. While there are always online disagreements, if there is anything you don’t want to see, simply ignore that conversation and move on. Sgt. Wilson reminded everyone that the goal is to work together to help keep Speedway safe and build our community. Many in the audience responded that they were using the site, and were pleased with it. In addition, she emphasized that SPD is continuing to use Nextdoor to provide information on incidents, street closures, etc.
A brief demonstration of the site was provided, along with tips to help with email management of notifications from the site, as well as a reminder that any posts from the City of Indianapolis with regard to essential services (trash pickup, etc.) do not apply to Speedway.
Sgt. Wilson closed the meeting by thanking everyone for coming and encouraging them to continue to be involved in the Speedway community and Neighborhood Watch.
Speedway Police Dept. Chief Jim Campbell will discuss crime statistics recently published at the next Neighborhood Watch meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the American Legion on Georgetown Road (please remember to access Georgetown only from 25th Street, as there is no access from Crawfordsville Road/the roundabout).
In addition to crime statistics, other topics will include school lockdown procedures as well as the private social media site Nextdoor, where Speedway residents can privately discuss community concerns and share information to help keep Speedway safe.