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Reminder: SPD Needs Your Support, Monday 12/11!

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.

For more details on CALEA, click here.

Thank you for your support!

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.


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

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.


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!


CrimeStoppers Shred-it Day: October 22, 2016

Once again, CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana will hold its semiannual Community Shred-it Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10AM – 1PM at five central Indiana locations, including the Speedway Police Department.

Save your documents to be shredded, along with electronics. Please click the flyer below for complete details. Money raised goes to helping the community’s safety for the CrimeStoppers reward fund – and of course, prevent identity theft by disposing of your sensitive documents securely.


Great Turnout for 2016 Speedway National Night Out

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.

2016 Speedway National Night Out

A message from Speedway Police Chief Jim Campbell to all volunteers, sponsors and donors who helped make the event possible, and a terrific success:

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.

Below are a few photos from the event – please see the slideshow at the end of this post for all photos.

2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out
2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out

2016 Speedway National Night Out

Slideshow of Photos

Note: if you are on a Mac or iOS device and don’t see the slideshow below, click here to view

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.


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.


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.


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!


IndyStar: Policing to Bridge Gaps in Speedway

The Indianapolis Star produced a short video featuring Speedway Police Lt. Trent Theobald and his reaction to recent violence between police officers and citizens as well as SPD Officers’ approach to the community policing philosophy, by getting out of his car, meeting with the community with positive interactions and building great relationships!

Watch the video below.



Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meeting: Thursday, June 23

Reminder that there will be a Speedway Neighborhood Watch meeting on Thursday, June 23 at 7PM at the Community Room behind Flanner & Buchanan. The Speedway Police Department will have a Q & A session. We hope you’ll join us!

Speedway Neighborhood Watch Flyer -June 2016

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