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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

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

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!



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

Get to Know Your Officers: Sgt. Kyle Hodges (Part 3)

Welcome back to the final part of our talk with with Speedway PD Sgt. Kyle Hodges. We hoped you enjoyed getting to know him!

Stay tuned for more “Get to Know Your Officers” videos!

Get to Know Your Officers: Sgt. Kyle Hodges (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our “Get to Know Your Officer” video, we’ll talk to Speedway PD Sgt. Kyle Hodges about what he enjoys about working in Speedway, his favorite place to dine in town, and more!


Get to Know Your Officers – Sgt. Kyle Hodges (Part 1)

This week, we’re getting to know another member of the Speedway Police Department. In this episode, Sgt. Kyle Hodges tells us about his career with Speedway PD, his daily duties – and one of the funniest moments he’s encountered while patrolling, you won’t want to miss!

Get to Know Your Officers – Sgt. Jacob McAtee (Pts. 3 & 4)

Welcome back to our “Getting to Know Your Officers” video series. Let’s catch up with Sgt. Jacob McAtee! In Part 3, Sgt. McAtee shares his motto in life, and his favorite places to dine in Speedway!

Here is the conclusion of our interview with Sgt. McAtee. We hope you enjoyed getting to know him!

Stay tuned for more “Get to Know Your Officers” videos next week!

Get to Know Your Officers: Speedway Sgt. Jacob McAtee (Part 1)

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Officer Karl Brown with our first video. In case you missed it, you can watch our interview with Officer Brown at our YouTube channel here (or the link on the right side of our page).

In our next “Get to Know Your Officers” video, we’re talking to Speedway PD Sgt. Jacob McAtee. In this first installment, Sgt. McAtee introduces himself, shares a bit about his recent promotion to Sergeant, and what he enjoys about patrolling!

On Friday, we’ll continue our talk with Sgt. McAtee, so stay tuned!

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