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SPD Updates: December 9, 2019

Sam Alexander Promoted to Captain, Operations Division

Today, Sam Alexander was promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Alexander will oversee the Operations Division for the Speedway Police Department. Congratulations Captain Alexander!


Speedway Volunteers in Policing Attend Light the Night on Main


Speedway Neighborhood Watch

This month will be the final Neighborhood Watch meeting for 2019. See flyer below for details. Hope to see you there!

2020 Meetings will be:

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM


Be On the Lookout

Speedway National Night Out: Tuesday 8/6

The Speedway Police Department is inviting residents of Speedway to join members of the Department in celebrating National Night Out crime prevention event. The event, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, brings over 38.1 million people in more than 16,540 communities together to promote the partnership between the police and the community. The event will encourage crime, drug and violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity. Citizens across America can send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, awareness, safety, and police-community partnerships. Let criminals know that the Town of Speedway is united and dedicated to building a safer, more caring community. Please join the members of the Speedway Police and Fire Departments for the event to be held on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, in Leonard Park from 6-8PM.

Highlights of the National Night Out event will include free food and drinks provided by area merchants (while supplies last), police demos, and information 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!

2019 NNO Poster 11 X 17

2018 – SPD Year in Review, Part 2


In response to the growing trend in online shopping and online business transactions, the Speedway Police Department has established an “E-commerce Exchange Zone.” Area residents can use this as a safe place to complete their private business transactions that are initiated through online sites such as Craigslist, OfferUp, and Facebook Marketplace. Each year these types of transactions have developed into crimes such as theft and robbery when individuals meet strangers in parking lots and other unsecured locations in communities across the U.S. The Speedway Police Department has designated two parking spaces in the south parking lot located at 1410 North Lynhurst Drive. Although law enforcement officials will not be involved in the verification, monitoring, or facilitating of the transaction, it provides a familiar, well-lit area to conduct business. The Speedway Police Department also operates 24 hour video surveillance of this area and anyone utilizing the “E-commerce Exchange Zone” is subject to being recorded. No prior arrangements with the Speedway Police Department are necessary for these types of transactions.

SPD Designates "E-Commerce" Exchange Zone

@SpeedwayPD officers attending a picnic with @PrideAcademy317 today at Meadowood Park. Thanks for the invitation.

SPD Officers attend Price Academy Picnic

A big thank you goes out to youth group members from Chestnut Ridge Church of God in Hubbard, Ohio. They stopped by this morning to say hello and provide goody bags for officers. Youth group members are in Indianapolis this week for a convention #THANKYOU

Ohio Church Provides Goody Bags to SPD Officers


Big shout out and thank you to the Girl Scouts of Indiana for the donation of cookies to our officers! You guys really know the way to our hearts

Girl Scouts Donates Cookies to Speedway Police Officers


Congratulations Officer Derek Eisman and Officer Mark Ludwig on graduation the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Session 215. We look forward to having these officers back @Speedway_IN soon. Good luck on the beginning of your career in law enforcement.

Two Newest SPD Officers Graduate from ILEA

Congratulations to Speedway's Newest Two Officers

Dixie the Praying Dog came to visit the Speedway Police Department. Thanks for stopping by!

Dixie the Praying Dog visits SPD

@SpeedwayPD representing tonight at the Cunningham Park Neighborhood Association annual block party #CommunityPolicing #Westside @Speedway_IN

SPD Attends Cunningham Park Neighborhood Association Party

@SpeedwayPD represented by Officers James Bell and Karl Brown at @SPEA_Indy job fair today @IUPUI #LawEnforcement #Career #Employment

SPD Officers Attend IUPUI Job Fair

@SpeedwayPD working the @Racemaker #DiamondintheRough 5K for Speedway Trails earlier today @Speedway_IN @ChamberSpdwy

SPD Officers and VIPs work Diamond in the Rough 5K Race

Tier 2 VIP Wayne Grabman speaks on behalf of the Speedway Police Departments Volunteers In Policing program tonight for the Daughters of the American Revolution Speedway Chapter organization at the American Legion Post 500.  VIP Grabman has been in the SPD Volunteers In Policing program for 3 years now, and it was his pleasure to share some experiences and the training the Volunteers go through with these ladies.  Thanks to those ladies and for the donation made to our program as well, that was a pleasant surprise. Thanks to SPD Lt. Dine for joining and adding to the discussion

Tier 2 VIP Wayne Grabman speaks at Daughters of the American Revolution Speedway Chapter


VIP Gholdson at Speedway’s 2018 Trunk or Treat (PHOTO COURTESY OF: Kristen Wisemiller Photography)

VIP Gholdson at Speedway's 2018 Trunk or Treat

SPD Officer Derek Eisman and his son at Trunk or Treat

2018 Speedway Trunk or Treat

SPD Reserve Lt. Joe Killion and Officer Derek Eisman at Trunk or Treat

2018 Speedway Trunk or Treat
Shred-it Day

SPD Volunteers in Policing assisted at the second Shred-it Day to benefit the reward fund of CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana

Speedway VIPs at Shred-it Day

Shred-it Day (October 2018)


Congratulations to Lt. Sam Alexander for 25 years of dedicated service to the Town of Speedway!

Congratulations to Lt. Sam Alexander

The 9th Citizens Academy Graduated this month. Students in the 12 week class participated in mock traffic stops and investigations, learned about drones, fingerprinting, K9, drove a police car, took a high speed ride and much more. The Citizens Academy has more than 165 graduates with varying connections to the town of Speedway (residents, business owners and others).  Citizens Academy attendees learn so much about the day to day operations of the police department and get to know Speedway officers, and are the best ambassadors and partners for the Police Department. Graduates of the program who would like to get more involved in the community and assisting the department in their community policing partnerships, are eligible to apply for the Department’s Volunteers in Policing program. Click here for more photos from the 9th Citizens Academy Class!

9th Speedway Police Citizens Academy


Officer Jereme Howery, Officer Mark Ludwig, and VIP Vicky Wilkerson at it already this morning @IndyFOP86 Shop with a Cop. Officer Howery is with Caden and Landen and Officer Ludwig is with Karl and Alicia. Officer Howery’s daughter Harper is also helping out this morning. Thanks Harper Jo and all the local law enforcement helping with such a great program!

SPD Participates in Shop with a Cop

Look who Officer Jereme Howery ran into at Speedway United Methodist Church earlier today!

Look who SPD Officer Jereme Howery ran into today!

 I spy Sergeant Rodney Ferguson (top left corner in sunglasses) as he helps as a visiting instructor for B Squad firearms at Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

SPD Sgt Rod Ferguson with ILEA Firearms Instruction

Captain Trent Theobald will be retiring from the Speedway Police Department effective December 14th to pursue a career in education at Ben Davis Area 31. We congratulate Trent for his 20 years with the department and wish him well in his new career. The Speedway Police Department scheduled an opportunity to personally say “Congratulations” on Friday the 14th of December, and many community members attended!

We hope you enjoyed this recap of our 2018 Year in Review!

Community Shred-it and Electronics Recycling: April 27, 2019

Join the Speedway Police Department once again for the Spring Shred-IT and Electronics Recycling Fundraiser for Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps law enforcement find wanted felons and solve open felony cases.

Please come out and get rid of that stuff you don’t want any more or don’t want anyone to get their hands on and help Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana!

See flyer below for details.54728975_10157150816659282_3496460896316686336_o

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

Shop at Kroger and Help the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association

Did you know you can help the Speedway Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association just by shopping at Kroger? You can connect your Kroger card to the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy Community Rewards account – each shopping trip helps the SPCAAA with our goals of helping bridge the gap between community and police and building positive community-police partnerships.SPCAAA-Kroger Community Rewards

Just follow the steps below!

To 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!


K9 Tom Retires; K9 Ruck Joins SPD!

We would like to send well wishes to our K9 Tom. Last week was his last official day of work for the Speedway Police Department. Tom, alongside his handler Officer Mat Turpin, has served the Town of Speedway well. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication Tom and congratulations on retirement.


Now…meet our new K9, Ruck! He’s joining his partner Officer Turpin. Welcome to Speedway!



Neighborhood Watch – Meeting Reminder 3/19

See flyer below for details.53537431_1092899734243717_5831751506981814272_n

Police across the state step up enforcement for aggressive driving

Nice job Speedway PD Lieutenant Sam Alexander, discussing traffic enforcement with Mary Milz and WTHR-TV

2019 Speedway Neighborhood Watch Meetings Announced

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. The Speedway Police Department will be holding quarterly Neighborhood Watch meetings in 2019. Meeting dates are listed below. All meetings to be held at the Community Health Pavilion on Main Street. Meetings start at 6:30 P.M.

  • March 19th
  • June 18th
  • September 17th
  • December 17th
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