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Reminder: Neighborhood Watch Meeting 11/30, 7PM

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.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-MEETING FLYER 11-2017

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.

Speedway Police Department Graduates 8th Citizens Academy Class

The Speedway Police Department recently graduated its 8th Citizens Academy class. Chief Campbell thanked all of the graduates for their enthusiasm, welcoming them to future volunteer service to the community and the department.

As in previous classes, the students spent 11 weeks learning all about the Speedway Police Department in a wide variety of classes, ranging from the history of policing and the Speedway Police Department, to K-9, crime scene investigations, chaplains, prosecutor and more. The students also had a variety of hands on experiences, including fingerprint dusting, firearms, and even driving a police car!

Photos and video from their classes will be posted over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Click below for more graduation photos!

8th Speedway Police Citizens Academy

Congratulations!

Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meeting Scheduled for November 30th

A Speedway Neighborhood Watch meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 30th at 7PM at Flanner & Buchanan’s Community Center.

Deputy Prosecutor Daphne Whitmire of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will offer a presentation on “Safety by Design: Burglary Prevention.”

Click flyer below for more details.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-MEETING FLYER 11-2017

For more info on the presentation, see the MCPO flyer: Safety By Design – Burglary Prevention

8th SPD Citizens Academy Begins; A Few Spots Still Open!

Update: The SPD Citizens Academy started yesterday; however, SPD will still accepting CA Patcha few more applications for the 8th Class. All interested parties must submit applications in person or online by next Tuesday, September 5th at NOON. See link below.

Speedway, IN—On Wednesday, August 30, the Speedway Police Department commenced its 8th Citizens Academy Class.

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Administrative Coordinator Sarah Edie welcomed the class and explained about some of the exciting things they will be experiencing in the coming weeks – the chance to drive a police car, go on a ride along, take a high speed ride on the emergency vehicle operator’s course, learn about the various units – K-9, narcotics, SWAT, and much more!

Ms. Edie introduced Speedway Police Chief

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James Campbell, who also welcomed the class and explained his philosophy on community policing and that it was never the intent that public safety was only the responsibility of the police, but rather a partnership between the community and the police in order to solve community problems. He offered a brief history of policing, which highlighted the evolution of public safety from ancient to medieval times, through the beginning of modern policing in London, which influenced policing in America to today.

Speedway Police Commissioner Phill Smith and fullsizeoutput_1f81Assistant Chief Charles Upchurch then taught the class about the history of the Speedway Police Department including some interesting facts about the various town Marshals, as well as milestones such as first radios and even police cars in town!

 

Next week the class will be taught by Set. Chris Ristuccia, who will discuss “Gangs / Narcotics.”

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, you can still join the class starting next Wednesday, September 6th! Submit your application today at this link right away!

Any further questions, please contact Ms. Sarah Edie at sedie@speedwayin.gov or by phone at 317-246-4300.

To learn more about the Speedway Police Citizens Academy program, click here.

SPD Citizens Academy Accepting Applications Through 7/28

Update: The SPD Citizens Academy is still accepting CA Patch
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ications for the 8th Class. All interested parties must submit applications in person or online no later than 4PM, Friday, July 28, 2017.

Speedway, IN—The Speedway Police Department is currently accepting applications for its 8th Citizens Academy Class.

Classes will be held every Wednesday evening, from 6pm-9pm, beginning August 30th, 2017 and running for 12 weeks.

The Citizens Academy is a free class, where participants will have lecture and hands-on experiences with different police responsibilities.

Class sizes are limited to 20, and mainly selected on a first-come, first served basis. Only those who apply will be considered for the class, we do not allow walk-in participants.

Anyone interested in participating should fill out the application online, or, if preferred, the application is available to print using the link below. All applications must be received by no later than August 4th, at 4pm to be considered for this session.

Any applications received over the class size will receive automatic wait-list status for the next session. Any further questions, please contact Ms. Sarah Edie at sedie@speedwayin.gov or by phone at 317-246-4300.

To learn more about the Speedway Police Citizens Academy program, click here.

To apply for the 8th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class, follow this link.

SPD Citizens Academy Taking Online Applications for 8th Class

CA PatchSpeedway, IN—The Speedway Police Department is currently accepting applications for its 8th Citizens Academy Class. Classes will be every Wednesday evening, from 6pm-9pm, beginning August 30th, 2017 and running for 12 weeks.

The Citizens Academy is a free class, where participants will have lecture and hands-on experiences with different police responsibilities.

Class sizes are limited to 20, and mainly selected on a first-come, first served basis. Only those who apply will be considered for the class, we do not allow walk-in participants.

Anyone interested in participating should fill out the application online, or, if preferred, the application is available to print using the link below. All applications must be received by no later than August 4th, at 4pm to be considered for this session.

Any applications received over the class size will receive automatic wait-list status for the next session. Any further questions, please contact Ms. Sarah Edie at sedie@speedwayin.gov or by phone at 317-246-4300.

To learn more about the Speedway Police Citizens Academy program, click here.

To apply for the 8th Speedway Police Citizens Academy class, follow this link.

Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meeting: April 4th

The next Speedway Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 PM. See attached flyer for details.

CERT_Logo_FinalDue to the excellent response to our Community Emergency Response Team survey, we will have an informational presentation provided to us by the IMPD Bureau of Homeland Security / Emergency Management Agency. Please join us to see how YOU can get involved! Interested residents may still  compete our brief interest survey on CERT at the link above or at the meeting.

We will also have an open Q & A forum with the Speedway Police Department.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-MEETING FLYER-APRIL 2017

Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review – Part 4

ICYMI: We’d like to present a recap of some of the community policing initiatives from the Speedway Police Department during 2016 in the final installment of this 4-part series.

October

The Speedway Police Department’s National Night Out was held on Tuesday October 11, 2016. We were again blessed with great weather, resulting in a nice turnout from the Speedway community. We were glad to see you all! We hope there was something for everyone to enjoy – music, food, games, great door prizes, helpful information from our vendors and public safety partners, and most importantly, a chance to talk to and get to know your first responders from the Speedway Police and Fire Departments. Thanks to all who signed the “Thank You First Responders” card, which was given to SPD and SFD.

From Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell: “The Speedway Police Department would like to express their appreciation to everyone who volunteered to help with National Night Out, whether they be Citizens Academy Class 7, Alumni, or VIP. Also thank you to all the sponsors for their generous gifts and support that made the evening possible. The Town of Speedway is so fortunate to have individuals that care about Public Safety, quality of life, and Community Policing. The support and dedication is truly a benefit to SPD and the Town. National Night Out reflects who we are as a community and should make us all proud. Thank you to all.”

SWAT Officers demonstrate equipment with Speedway residents.

2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out

K9 Demonstration with Officer Mat Turpin2016 Speedway National Night Out

In addition to Speedway Merit and Reserve Officers, VIPs assisted at the Zombie Fun Run. Unfortunately, Lt. Sam Alexander was outnumbered by zombies at his post!

2016 SPD Community Policing

The second CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana Community Shred-it Day was held on Saturday, October 22. Members of the Volunteers in Policing program and Reserve Officers were again on hand to assist the department in raising funds for the reward fund, which directly benefits the community. Almost $5,000 was received at the Speedway location…this success could not have been achieved without the help of the volunteers!

2016 October Shred-it Day

2016 October Shred-it Day

2016 October Shred-it Day

In addition to the Student Academy class held in the summer, which is for students of Speedway High School and very similar to the Speedway Police Citizens Academy, School Resource Officer Mark Jones conducted an additional session. As an outreach program, it has been very positive and successful, having a lot of merit.

On October 29th, Tier 2 Speedway Volunteers in Policing & Citizens Academy Alumni along with Officers of the Speedway Police Department, participated in the Chamber of Commerce event, Trunk or Treat.

Below, left to right: Sgt. Wilson, R/Officer Pridemore, VIP Taylor

2016 Trunk or Treat

Below, VIP Dana Taylor and Citizens Academy Alumni Jayme Gehringer

2016 Trunk or Treat

Below, Sgt. Mirantha Wilson and R/Officer Pridemore

2016 Trunk or Treat

Below, Citizens Academy Alumni Pauletta Dusterberg
2016 Trunk or Treat

November

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. 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.

Below: The 7th Graduating Class of the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy
7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 GraduationBelow: The 2nd Tier 2 Graduating Class of the Speedway Police Department’s Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program
7th Citizens Academy & 2nd VIP Tier 2 Graduation

Below, Speedway PD Sgt. Rodney Ferguson and Officer Alex Redding with Wheeler Elementary Read-a-thon winners at Firehouse Subs.

2016 SPD Community Policing

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office offered their thanks to the many representatives of Speedway who met with them for the November Community Outreach Lunch at Charlie Brown’s Pancake and Steak House. The MCPO indicated that they are fortunate to have great partners in the community such as State Representative Karlee Macer, Speedway Schools Superintendent Ken Hull, Speedway Chamber of Commerce, and Speedway Police Department.

2016 SPD Community Policing

December

Capt. Jason Dierdorff and Lt. Sam Alexander help out at the Pub2Pub 5K race.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Officer Jereme Howery shops with Cyrus 14, Dreyfus 9, & their 3 month old brother for the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police event, Shop with a Cop. Great work by all involved!
2016 SPD Community Policing

Last but not least, the Speedway Chamber held their Light the Night on Main event, with Santa arriving at Dallara by IndyCar. Volunteers in Policing assisted by providing participants with coloring pages and community policing information, as well as outside assisting with traffic direction and control.

The Speedway Police Department’s longstanding and ongoing commitment of its police officers engaging and forming positive relationships with the community they serve, continues to build and grow. The addition of so many programs over the years, including the Citizens Academy and its Alumni Association, Volunteers in Policing, D.A.R.E, Student Academy and Neighborhood Watch, and events such as National Night Out, has been gaining momentum and interest within the community.

As opportunities arise, we hope all of you will take an interest and join us at a meeting or community event or join the Citizens Academy class or Volunteers in Policing program.

We hope you enjoyed our celebration of 2016 and we look forward to 2017!

Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review – Part 3

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.

July

Our website and social media accounts started as “Speedway Neighborhood Watch,” which is just one of Speedway PD’s community policing programs. But we share so many things relating to the department’s other community policing programs (Speedway Police Citizens Academy, Volunteers in Policing, Student Academy, D.A.R.E.) that we wanted our website and social media Facebook and Twitter accounts to reflect all of those great programs! (Note: the main Speedway Police Department Facebook and Twitter accounts have not changed; we share common posts between accounts, but the Speedway PD accounts offer a wide variety of additional useful information this page doesn’t typically cover, including traffic, street closures, race information, etc.).

Coppertree Apartments held a “Back to School” event for its residents and children on Sunday, July 31st. The Speedway Police and Fire Departments, along with members of the Speedway Volunteers in Policing program, were in attendance – great food, music and fun…a good time was had by all!

BELOW: Officer Chris Helmer and Lt. Trent Theobald pose with Coppertree residents enjoying the event

2016 Coppertree Back to School Event

Officer Jereme Howery and friends
2016 Coppertree Back to School Event

Officer Nathan Shipley and two little residents enjoy some shade

2016 Coppertree Back to School Event

In Dallas, Texas in early July, a suspect ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers, killing five and injuring nine others. The Speedway Police Department is very grateful and appreciative to so many individuals and businesses in our community that have shown support and caring to our officers in a variety of ways. Dave and Marcia of Main Street’s Barbecue and Bourbon provided meals for shifts. Several food items came in for a couple of weeks to support our officers. Gillespie Florists provided a beautiful flower arrangement.

2016 SPD COMMUNITY POLICING
2016 SPD COMMUNITY POLICING

The Speedway PD Motorcycle team entertains the growing crowd on Main Street for the NASCAR Hauler parade. In addition, VIPs provide assistance to SPD Officers for the event’s traffic and security needs. 

2016 Community PolicingLt. Trent Theobald was featured in this video from IndyStar: Policing to Bridge Gaps in Speedway.

Speedway Community Policing

In the video, Lt. Theobald talks about the department’s approach to community policing: “We’ve always encouraged our guys for the positive interaction in our community policing efforts, the importance of getting out of your car, getting to know people by name. Once they know you by name, as well, it makes a big difference. And that’s where you start forming that positive relationship between community and police. It’s important to make sure these kids, now more than ever, see that side of us. Between the basketball games, I’m telling you, it’s a lot of fun but all of a sudden kids sitting there playing basketball see an officer get out of the car, and he’s calling for the ball, they enjoy that. Even if you’re having a bad day, it means something to somebody.”

Speedway Community Policing

Speedway Community Policing

Congratulations to Sgt. Mark Morgan. This month he has been with the Speedway Police Department for 35 years – many thanks for your service!
2016 SPD Community Policing

Speedway PD Officer Alex Redding takes some time on a nice summer day to have fun and play a little football with some young residents of Coppertree Apartments before school starts next week (already?)!

2016 SPD Community Policing

Officer Redding was also featured in a video and article in the Indianapolis Star For Central Indiana cops, grappling with new realities of attacks. In the video interview Officer Redding explains the support he feels from the community: “I feel a lot of support every day….I had a guy the other night, he had his two sons with him and he wanted to know if I would let him take a picture with his boys. There’s been a lot of people coming up and wanting to say thank you…and I appreciate that. I love my job, I enjoy going to work every single day. Yeah, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Speedway Community Policing

August

In continuing to offer moral support and community partnership, Allison Transmission recognizes SPD with a cake to show their appreciation and thanks.

2016 COMMUNITY POLICING

Tier 2 members of the Volunteers in Policing program have started park monitoring/patrol at Meadowood and Leonard Parks, at other times subject to volunteer availability. Earlier in the summer, they started working at the concert series, but they will also be present in the parks on various afternoons, evenings, and weekends. 

If you shop at Kroger and would like to help support the Speedway PD Citizens Academy Alumni Association, please consider registering for Kroger’s Community Rewards. After registering, all you have to do is swipe your Kroger card when you shop and the SPCAAA will get a portion as a donation! See this link for details, thank you!

The 7th Speedway Police Citizens Academy Class started in late August. Citizens Academy classes are a great way for residents to get to know the police officers that serve the community, learn more about what they do and why, and build positive relationships!

The 12 week course features a variety of exciting lectures and hands on classes taught primarily by Speedway Police Officers, as well as some other public safety partners. Graduates choosing to get involved and volunteer with the department can join the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association and when offered, continue to the Volunteers in Policing program.

September

SPD day shift thanked District 2 neighbors for helping look for a young autistic boy that walked away from his home today. We are proud to serve a community that stops whatever they’re doing to help a neighbor in need. He made it safely home thanks to caring neighbors.

The department started training a second group of Citizens Academy Alumni as part of the VIP Tier 2 program. Upon graduation, they will join the other Tier 2 graduates and assist the department with traffic direction and control at various events in town, as well as park monitoring and patrol.

Below, Tier 2 VIPs receive First Aid and CPR training from the Speedway Fire Department as part of their training.
VIP Tier 2 Training

On September 11th, St Andrews Lutheran Church recognized Speedway officers at a pitch-in at Meadowood Park. Below, Officers Alex Redding, Mike Clupper & Lt. Trent Theobald along with Chaplains Holly Hardsaw and Rick Kassel.

2016 SPD Community Policing

Join us next week for Part 4 of our Speedway Community-Police Partnerships: 2016 Year in Review.

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