2018 – SPD Year in Review, Part 1

Better late than never, here is Part 1 of our review of many of the great things happening with the Speedway Police Department in 2018.


The Speedway Police Department conducted a promotional ceremony at the Speedway Town Hall. Those individuals promoted are as follows:

  • Trent Theobald, Promoted to Captain (Operations)
  • Robert Dine, Promoted to Lieutenant (Operations)
  • Jim Thiele, Promoted to Lieutenant (Investigations)
  • Kyle Hodges, Promoted to Sergeant (Operations)
  • Jacob McAtee, Promoted to Sergeant (Operations)
  • Pat Hammel, Promoted to Sergeant (Operations)
  • Sarah Edie, Promoted to Director of Administration/Support Services


Speedway residents participated in a 3-day basic class with Marion County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Participants learned a variety of information and skills regarding emergency and disaster preparedness, response, safety, communications, triage and more. Click here for more information on Marion County CERT.

On Monday, February 5th, 2018, the Speedway Police Department hired its newest police officer. Officer Mark Ludwig, 28, was sworn in by Clerk-Treasurer Monty Combs during a ceremony held at the Speedway Town Hall. Prior to working for the Town of Speedway, Officer Ludwig was employed as a Shift Manager with Crew Car Wash. He also attended the Community College of the Air Force where he majored in fire science and is a current member of the Air Force Reserves stationed at Grissom Air Reserve Base. Officer Ludwig and Officer Derek Eisman, who was hired in January 2018, will both attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy later this year. Welcome Officer Ludwig to the Speedway Police Department and the Town of Speedway.

Officer Mark Ludwig Sworn in - Speedway PoliceL to R: Chief Jim Campbell, Officer Ludwig, Town Manager Jacob Blasdel

Officer Derek Eisman Sworn in - Speedway PoliceChief Jim Campbell and Officer Eisman

Great having Beacon of Hope back at Speedway PD today. Helpful information being provided to officers that will be useful during domestic violence & assault cases. Thanks again for providing officers with kits that can be used for assisting victims of domestic violence.

Beacon of Hope at Speedway PD


The Speedway Police Department accepts their award for reaccrediation at the CALEA conference in Frisco, Texas.

2018 - CALEA

A big thank you goes out to Wilcox Engineering for inviting @SpeedwayPD & @SPEEDWAYFIRE into their offices for a great lunch and conversation. Thanks for everyone involved for putting it together #CommunityPartnerships

SPD Officers Visit Wilcox Engineering

The men and women of @SpeedwayPD would like to express our sincere condolences to the Ochs family for the passing of Jim Ochs. Mr. Ochs served the community for 24 years as a Police Commissioner for the department. Thank you for your dedicated service and may you Rest In Peace

Speedway Police Commissioner Passes Away

Proudly representing Speedway PD & our U.S. Military, Officers Jereme Howery and Mark Ludwig attended the groundbreaking of the Speedway War Memorial on Main Street this morning. Officer Howery is a U.S. Army Veteran & Officer Ludwig is active in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. ‬

SPD Officers Attend Speedway War Memorial Groundbreaking


Big news! 311 has been implemented as a non-emergency line in Marion County. It is only available for cell phones, but is much easier to remember than 317-246-4300.

311-foxThe first of two annual Shred-it Day events was held at the Speedway Police Department. Volunteers included members of the Department’s Volunteers in Policing Program. VIPs are all graduates of the Department’s Citizens Academy program. Proceeds from this event, held at several locations throughout the city, benefit Central Indiana CrimeStoppers.

Tier 2 VIPs Mercies and Grabman at Shred-it Day
Speedway Police Operations Captain Trent Theobald welcomes Bell Racing to Main StreetSPD Capt Trent Theobald Welcomes Bell Racing to Main StreetThank you to Pastor Holly Hardsaw (and SPD Chaplain), Margie Ellison and the congregation of Speedway United Methodist Church for treating Speedway Officers to breakfast! The love and support is appreciated!

Speedway United Methodist Church Serves Breakfast to SPD Officers

With sadness, we have learned that retired Speedway PD K9 Butkus has passed away this weekend. Butkus was Sergeant Mike Hart’s partner when Sergeant Hart was a K9 handler for the department. Our condolences to the Hart familyRetired SPD K9 Passes Away

Speedway PD is pleased to have three new supervisors graduating from the IMPD Leadership Academy. Congratulations to Sergeant Pat Hammel, Sergeant Kyle Hodges, Sergeant Jacob McAtee and all of the other agencies participating.

SPD Supervisors Graduate IMPD Leadership Academy 


#ThisIsIndy #ThisIsMay

Kenneth Hull was sworn in as @SpeedwayPD’s newest Police Commissioner. Thank you Mr. Hull for your commitment to the department.

New Police Commissioner Sworn In

Speedway PD and Speedway Fire were at Wheeler Elementary for relay recess in support of Relay For Life.

SPD and SFD at Wheeler Elementary


Speedway PD Citizens Alumni/Volunteers in Policing members ready to take part in today’s Speedway Relay for Life. Chief Campbell & Dispatcher (and more importantly cancer survivor) Barb Walker also present
Things are getting serious @SpeedwayRelay.She just locked up her brother for eating her cake pop! @Speedway_IN @SpeedwayParks @AmericanCancer #ThisIsRelay

2018 Speedway Relay for Life

2018 Relay for Life
Congratulations to Officer Scott Highland for completing 5 years @SpeedwayPD. Officer Highland’s son presents him with his 5 year pin from the department and Chief Campbell.

Congratulations SPD Officer Scott HighlandCongratulations to Detective Joe Harmon for completing 5 years @SpeedwayPD. Chief Campbell presented him with his 5 year pin.

Congratulations Detective Joe HarmonSome of Speedway PD’s finest hanging out at the OSCNA Block Party this evening at Barbecue and Bourbon on Main.

OSCNA Block PartyOfficer Jereme Howery was awarded for his stellar performance in the Inaugural Taco Eating contest that was held Daredevil Brewing Co. during the Racemaker Productions Taco Run Indy on May 15th.

SPD Officer Howery Wins Taco Eating Contest

Officer Brad Weaver and Officer Mike Clupper helped rescue two baby ducks from a storm drain in front of the Donatos today. They were reunited with Mom and her other ducklings. Great job guys!! #ProtectandServe #ducklings SPD Officers Save Baby Ducks

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