When to call 911…?

What is 911?

    • 911 is the number to dial for the fastest possible emergency response when you need emergency POLICE, FIRE, or MEDICAL ASSISTANCE in a life or death situation.
    • Your call is answered by a county operator to determine if you need POLICE, FIRE, or MEDICAL assistance.

When to dial 911?

    • 911 is the number to dial to report Criminal Activity in Progress, Fire, Medical Emergencies, Shots Fired, Any Life Threatening Incident and Suspicious Activity.
    • Stay calm. Give your name, location and nature of the emergency.
    • Answer the 911 Dispatcher’s questions as accurately as possible.
    • Never hang up on the 911 Dispatcher until you are told to do so.
    • Do not dial 911 for non-emergency situations.
    • For non-emergency situations, such as noisy neighbors or a stolen bicycle use the Non-Emergency number: 327-3811

How 911 Works?

Example: What to do if you are looking out of your window and notice a person breaking into your neighbor’s home….

    • You should immediately go to the phone and dial 911.
    • Even while you are talking, an officer is already on the way. Try to remain calm and answer all of the dispatcher’s questions to the best of your ability – we understand you may be excited.
    • DO NOT HANG UP! For the safety of the officer who is on the way and all people involved, it is very important that the dispatcher on the phone gets all the necessary information about the emergency and the suspects. 

Information most needed:

    • What happened?
    • When did it happen?
    • Where it happened (address/intersection/landmark)
    • Telephone number of the person calling
    • Who is involved?
    • Is anyone injured?
    • Suspect description
    • Vehicle description/License Plate Number
    • Direction of travel of suspect
    • Did you see any weapons?

Never tell a 911 operator that a situation is more serious than it really is just to get faster service. It is against the law to intentionally give false information to the police.

911 Emergency Examples:

    • Robbery, burglary or larceny in progress (i.e.: Someone breaking into your home or vehicle or one of your neighbors’ homes or vehicles now)
    • Shootings
    • Fires or Medical emergency
    • Traffic injury – crashes
    • Person asking for help
    • Domestic Violence / Abuse
    • Fights or displays of weapons
    • Criminal activity
    • Any suspicious activity happening at the time of your call.

Non-Emergency Examples:

A non-emergency call is simply a request for police service that is not a life or death situation, and it is not “in progress”. An officer can handle some of these calls over the phone such as:

    • Vandalism (not in progress)
    • Stolen property (not in progress)
    • Criminal or Suspicious Activity (not in progress)
    • Loud Party 

(317) 327-3811


BTNA November Meeting TONIGHT (6:30pm at the MLK Community Center)

Our November Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association Board Meeting will be held TONIGHT starting at 6:30pm at the MLK Community Center (40th & Illinois). Best, BTNA Board

ps. Indianapolis leaf collection also starts today! If you have any questions feel free to visit http://www.indy.gov/egov/city/dpw/trash/pages/leafcollection.aspx.


Butler University – New Student Housing

Butler University has released plans for a proposed new student housing building to be located on the current Irwin Library surface parking lot (see photos below). Butler University has announced upcoming public meetings to discuss the proposed new student housing building. The dates are:

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014:  6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014: 7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014:  6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center-Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014:  7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014:  7:15am-8:30am (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014:  6:00pm-7:30pm (Health Recreation Center- Conference Room)

For more information, please visit www.butler.edu.

The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA) is accepting public comment on the proposed new student housing building. Please forward comments in writing via mail or email by Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:00pm. 

Butler University previously presented on the proposed student housing building at the BTNA August monthly meeting on August 11. At the BTNA September, the BTNA Board will vote at the BTNA September monthly meeting on September 8 whether to support or oppose the garage. There will be NO public comments taken at the September 8 meeting as there are other neighborhood items on the agenda to discuss.

To comment via mail:

Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association
Attn:  Ted Feeney
PO Box 88234
Indianapolis, IN 46208

To comment via email:  (Please use “Butler University Student Housing Comments” in the subject line of the email.)


Great Places 2020

Hello neighbors,

BTNA wanted to share an update on a potential grant that could benefit the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. The City of Indianapolis, working through LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), is identifying two neighborhoods for a financial investment and infusion of professional services and expertise. The grant initiative is called Great Places 2020.

Great Places 2020, according to the Request for Letters of Intent issued last month, “is a visionary community development project to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as its reaches its Bicentennial. Philanthropic, civic and private partners will engage with neighborhoods to make significant social and capital investments to enhance quality of life and spur private investment.”

A group of midtown organizations came together recently and selected 38th & Illinois as a “Great Place” — and Great Places 2020 has chosen us as a finalist!

Potential grant funds and assistance would be utilized on both the north side and south side of 38th St. The target area is 1⁄4 mile in each direction around the 38th & Illinois intersection. Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. became the lead group and many local neighborhood groups, CDCs and anchor institutions have signed on to support. 

Our second-round presentation will be held next Wednesday, August 27th between 10 and 11 a.m. at the area surrounding Tarkington Park. The selection committee consists of 37 community leaders. They will arrive at our site (38th and Illinois) and we will have exactly 15 minutes to present.

This is where you, our neighbors come in…we have signs for people to hold that will list the names of the surrounding neighborhoods, institutions, businesses, and organizations that support our endeavors. This is such a wonderful opportunity for us to show the selection committee our unified vision for an important central node in Midtown!


We are looking for community volunteers to join us in supporting this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the change that is starting to occur at 38th and Illinois. We’d ask you as neighbors to please consider taking an hour out of your morning next Wednesday the 27th to support this effort in our neighborhood! If you are interested, please meet us at Tarkington Park at 10 a.m.


In the meantime, we encourage everyone to tweet/facebook/social media of choice the hashtag #LOVEat38th to share memories or visions for the future of the node. L.O.V.E. is an acronym that represents the four main points of our presentation: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education.

If you have any questions please email the BTNA Board at .


Next BTNA Meeting will be on Monday, August 11th @ 6:30pm

Our next BTNA meeting will be held on Monday, August 11th @ 6:30pm at the MLK Community Center (40th & Illinois). We hope to see you there!



BTNA All Neighborhood Garage Sale – Saturday, August 23rd

Butler-Tarkington’s all neighborhood garage sale will be held Saturday (August 23rd) at 9:00am.

There is no cost to participate simply set your sale items up in your yard and enjoy the day! Some confirmed locations are listed below.


  1. 5320 N. Kenwood Avenue
  2. 4009 N. Kenwood Avenue
  3. 5042 N. Capitol Avenue
  4. 4359 N. Illinois Street
  5. 141 W.  43rd Street.
  6. 5368 N Illinois Street
  7. 4910 N Illinois Street
  8. 233 Buckingham Drive
  9. 4035 Rookwood Ave
  10. 4925 North Capitol
  11. 334 Berkley Rd
  12. 260 Berkley Rd -
  13. 5320 N. Capitol
  14. 5473 N. Capitol
  15. 29 W. 49th Street
  16. 4629 Cornelius Ave
  17. 4913 Graceland Ave
  18. 5435 N. Capitol Ave
  19. 233 Berkley Road
  20. 223 West 44th Street
  21. 5025 N. Capitol
  22. 233 Berkley
  23. 20 W 42nd St
  24. 5135 N. Kenwood Ave
  25. 116 W Hampton Dr
  26. 4706 N. Illinois St