"The South Bend Police Department, in community partnership, will strive to protect the life, property, and personal liberties of all individuals. We believe that the overall quality of life for all persons will improve through the deterrence of criminal activity, and understanding the diversity of cultures within our community. Therefore, we pledge to deliver fair, impartial, and legitimate law enforcement service to all: Dignity/Respect/Fairness."
Chief of Police Scott Ruszkowski
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|