The South Bend Police Department works to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to resolve problems among residents. The Department, in partnership with our community, strives to protect the life, property, and the personal liberties of all individuals. We believe that the overall quality of life for all residents will improve through the deterrence of criminal activity and an understanding of the diversity of cultures within this community. We also work to build and sustain community-police relationships to advance a culture of trust and inclusion.
To constantly strive for excellence in the quality of police service to help ensure a safe community for everyone.
The South Bend Police Department boasts a rich history that traces the growth and development of the city itself. Below is a timeline of department milestones.
In honor and memory of the members of the South Bend Police Department who have died in the line of duty, we remember and salute the officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. Their courage and service to the South Bend Police Department will never be forgotten.
|Officer Name||Cause of Death||Incident Date|
|Nick Samuel Polizzotto||Gunfire||04/24/2007|
|Scott Lee Severns||Gunfire||04/21/2006|
|Paul Richard Deguch||Gunfire||08/24/1997|
|Thomas J. DeRue, Sr.||Gunfire||11/14/1974|
|Ronald S. St. Germain, Sr.||Motorcycle Accident||08/19/1967|
|Howard C. Wagner||Gunfire||06/30/1934|
|Charles E. Farkas, Sr.||Gunfire||05/27/1933|
|Lloyd L. Thompson||Vehicle Pursuit||02/26/1932|
|Neil McIntyre||Motorcycle Accident||12/25/1923|
|Fred E. Buhland||Gunfire||01/10/1921|
|Hans B. Brandt||Gunfire||05/22/1916|
|Oscar Christensen||Gunfire (Accidental)||05/11/1886|