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Accreditation Assessment Team Seeks Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on December 11, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Speedway Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief James Campbell announced today. Verification by the team that Speedway Police meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, December 11th, at 5:30pm. The session will be conducted at the Town Hall Meeting Room, located at 1450 N. Lynhurst Drive, Speedway, Indiana. If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 317-246-4326 on December 11th, between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Speedway Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

The Speedway Police Department has to comply with nearly 200 standards in order to remain in accredited status, Chief James Campbell said. “Over the past three years, Speedway Police Department has reviewed and prepared Department policies and practices in an effort to maintain accreditation from CALEA. This has been a journey that will hopefully result in national recognition of best practices and policy in professional law enforcement. The Department has worked diligently to once again achieve this goal. The Department and the Community will be well served by this effort. I am truly proud of SPD for accepting this challenge.”

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. This accreditation cycle will examine the practices of the Speedway Police Department for 2015, 2016, and 2017, to date.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite320, Gainesville Virginia, 20155 or call 703-352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

Residents Encouraged to Support SPD at Public Meeting

Speedway Neighborhood Watch and the Citizens Academy Alumni would like to encourage our fellow residents to show our continued support to the Speedway Police Department during the public meeting portion of their upcoming assessment by CALEA, an organization conducting an accreditation process described in the press release issued by SPD last week (see below).

Due to SPD’s ongoing commitment and efforts to reach out and partner with our community and work together to keep our town safe (in particular, through its two community policing programs, the Citizens Academy and Neighborhood Watch), we would like to show our full support for SPD at this very important public meeting. SPD’s undertaking of the CALEA accreditation process further indicates their commitment to serve our town and its residents.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting SPD on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6PM! Please see Press Release below for further details.

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

(Speedway, Indiana, November 2014)—A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on December 1, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Speedway Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief James Campbell announced today. Verification by the team that Speedway Police meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said. As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6pm. The session will be conducted at the Town Hall Meeting Room, located at 1450 N. Lynhurst Drive, Speedway, Indiana.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 317-246-4326 on December 2nd, between the hours of 1pm and 3pm.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Speedway Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

The Speedway Police Department has to comply with 189 standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief James Campbell said. “Over the past three years, Speedway Police Department has reviewed and prepared Department policies and practices in an effort to attain accreditation from CALEA. This has been a journey that will hopefully result in national recognition of best practices and policy in professional law enforcement. The Department has worked diligently to achieve this goal. The Department and the Community will be well served by this effort. I am truly proud of SPD for accepting this challenge.”

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville Virginia, 20155 or call 703-352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

2014 Speedway Police Citizens Academy Class Update: SWAT / K9

Wednesday marked the halfway point for the current Speedway Police Citizens Academy class. For the first part of tonight’s class, students learned about the Speedway Police Department SWAT team from several members, including Sgt. Robert Dine, Det. Chris Ristuccia, Officer Matt Dahlke, Sgt. Mike Hart, Officer Nathan Shipley, Officer Ben Rupenthal, and Officer Pat Hammel. Speedway Police Citizens AcademyThe SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team is trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside the abilities of regular officers. Duties include hostage rescues, counter terrorism operations, serving high risk arrest and search warrants, subduing barricaded subjects, and engaging in heavily armed criminals.

They discussed the requirements and process that officers must go through to become eligible to be on the SWAT team, as well as the continuing training sessions they take part in, including firearms, building entries & searches, active shooter, and officer down rescue.

They displayed many of the specialized equipment used by the team, including firearms, submachine guns and assault rifles, stun grenades and riot control agents as well as body armor, ballistic shields, entry tools, optics, etc.
Speedway Police Citizens Academy
They discussed with students how they assess various situations and intel regarding the physical environment, people involved, etc. to determine how to best respond to and resolve an active situation.
Speedway Police Citizens Academy
During the next part of the class, Officer Mat Turpin taught students about the police department’s K-9 Unit. He started with a history of work dogs, focusing on law enforcement, detailing which breeds are typically utilized, including German shepherd, Belgian malinois, Dutch Labrador, Blood hound and Collies. Each breed is used for various purposes depending upon the dog’s characteristics. Strong positive characteristics are ball drive, hunt drive, prey drive and food. Negative characteristics are environmental (dogs that don’t like to be in certain situations or even like certain texture floors, etc.), too social, lacking in drive, or sound issues (dogs must be able to deal with gunfire).

Speedway Police Citizens AcademyMost law enforcement dogs are purchased from European breeders, whose dogs from have good characteristics. Law enforcement training is done in the US, and the handler and the K9 go through various levels of training, depending upon the intended purpose – patrol school is 8 weeks, narcotics school is 2 weeks, etc. K9s can be multipurpose, dual, or single purpose. Various law enforcement purposes for K9s include:

  • Patrol
  • Narcotics
  • Explosives
  • Cadaver
  • Money

Officer Turpin then brought in K9 Officer Tom to meet the class, but he was far more interested in chewing on his plastic toy ball than he was with us!

Next week, Citizens Academy students will be learning about crime scene investigations and the following week will have a chance to try out their new skills in a simulated crime scene! Stay tuned!!

Slideshow of all photos from the Speedway Citizens Academy class: SWAT / K9

(Click the hyperlink if you cannot view the slideshow)

Speedway Police Department begins 5th Citizens Academy Class

Tonight marked the start of the Speedway Police Department’s 5th Citizens Academy Class. An enthusiastic group comprised of Speedway residents and others affiliated with the town (through employment or through social, religious, or civic groups) began their exciting 12-week journey of a behind the scenes look at the Speedway Police Department.

New class members were greeted by Citizens Academy Alumni, who meet regularly and  support SPD in a variety of ways. After all students were checked in, SPD Administrative Coordinator Sarah Edie welcomed the students and introduced them to all of the alumni present, as well as Speedway Police Officers Morgan and Harmon, Capt. Jason Dierdorff, and Chief Jim Campbell, and Jim Ochs of the Police Commission. Last but not least, Sarah introduced Chaplain Rick Kassel, who led the group in a prayer.

The class’ first presentation was on the History of Policing and Speedway Police Department, taught by Chief Campbell. Students will have many exciting weeks of classes ahead, learning a variety of subjects including K-9, gangs & narcotics, firearms, crime scene investigations, even going on a ride-along and driving a police car at the law enforcement academy.

Welcome everyone and we know this is going to be an experience you’ll enjoy!

Speedway Police Department Press Release: International Village Shooting

Speedway Police responded to a shots fired report in International Village last night at approximately 6:45pm. Upon arrival, officers discovered a unconscious male in the parking lot. Victim was later identified as 16 year old Sayyid Abdul-Haqq, a student at Speedway High School. Police have no further information at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call Speedway Police Investigators at 246-4300, or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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