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.


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

Butler Trustees Approve Major Projects

News from Inside Indiana Business

July 11, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The Butler University Board of Trustees has approved the development of two new facilities—a state-of-the-art student-housing facility with approximately 600 modern, suite-style beds and a 1,038-space multi-use parking facility.

Construction of the five-story parking structure, which is anticipated to open in August 2015, will begin this fall. Construction of the student-housing facility is expected to begin in spring 2015 with completion in fall 2016.

The University has selected the existing Irwin Library parking lot along Sunset Avenue as the optimal site for the new student-housing facility, following detailed planning efforts in partnership with American Campus Communities (ACC) and input from a broad set of stakeholders.

“Advancing our educational mission through the development of superior campus amenities is a key component of Butler’s 2020 Vision to be an innovative leader in transformative student-centered learning,” Butler President James M. Danko said.

The new student-housing facility is just one component of a comprehensive effort to modernize and expand Butler’s campus housing facilities. The University and ACC will also be assessing existing residence facilities, including Schwitzer Hall, Ross Hall, and Residential College (ResCo). Completion of these audits will yield recommendations for future renovation or replacement of those facilities.

“Our partnership with ACC will allow us to address our entire campus housing infrastructure, providing an ideal residential experience for the next generation of Butler students,” said Benjamin Hunter, Chief of Staff to President Danko.

The parking facility will be built on an existing parking lot between Clowes Memorial Hall and Lake Road. The multi-use facility will include approximately 15,000-square-feet of commercial and office space on the ground level.

The parking facility will serve the needs of faculty, staff, and commuter students, as well as event parking demand for Hinkle Fieldhouse, Clowes Memorial Hall, and the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. The retail space is likely to house restaurants and businesses catering to both the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods.

“This new facility will be a great asset for Butler and its neighbors,” Hunter said. “There have been concerns about the availability of parking at Butler, especially during major events. This will go a long way toward mitigating those concerns and will enable future growth.”

The new multi-use parking facility has been in the planning phase for approximately 18 months. In addition to conducting a thorough parking analysis and gaining extensive input from campus stakeholders, the University consulted with the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Midtown Indianapolis, Inc., and the City of Indianapolis.

These exciting initiatives join ongoing efforts to develop and enhance the eastern border of Butler’s campus. The University and City of Indianapolis began work in April on the Sunset Avenue Streetscape initiative, which will improve community safety and way-finding, while beautifying the public gateways to campus. The initial phase of the Streetscape project will primarily involve Sunset Avenue north of Hampton Drive, including a major reconfiguration of the 49th Street curve.

“With the Sunset Avenue Streetscape improvements in full swing, a multi-use parking facility scheduled to open next year, and planning for new student housing underway, we are certainly beginning to see our exciting vision for Butler’s future come to life,” Danko said.


BTNA’s July Meeting (7/14) @ 6:30pm at the MLK Community Center


We hope this email finds you enjoying your weekend! Attached you will find the proposed agenda for our upcoming July board meeting. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to respond to this email.
We also have some great upcoming events in our neighborhood that we’d like to highlight:
  • Tuesday, August 5th: National Night Out (NNO) – National Night Out is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights, neighborhoods “celebrate” NNO with a variety of events such as block parties, cookouts, ice cream socials, neighborhood parades, pizza parties, flashlight walks and youth activities. We’d love for BTNA to participate this year.
  • Saturday, August 23rd: Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale – We are currently collecting names and addresses of neighbors interested in being involved so we can help direct “shopper traffic” to your homes. If interested please respond to this email or private message us on Facebook.
We hope to see you at the meeting on Monday — as always, all neighbors are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Best, BTNA Board