File a Report

File a Police Report | Report a Tip or Crime | Report an Accident

File a Police Report

The South Bend Police Department can take some reports via phone. Dial (574) 235-9201 to be connected to a Public Service Officer who will take your report 24 hours a day. You will be given a police report number for your records.

Public Service Officers can take the following incident reports by phone:

  • Larceny, including vehicles and license plates
  • Vandalism (Except gang graffiti)
  • Assault not involving serious injuries
  • Threat reports and harassing phone calls
  • Found/lost property
  • Fraud
  • Gas drive offs
  • Missing persons and escapees
  • Preliminary reports for Child Protective Services
  • Shoplifting reports
  • Supplemental reports (Additional information for a report already taken)

The following types of reports can be done at the front desk in person:

  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Report a runaway
  • Cancellation of missing person report

For some incident types, the Public Service Officer will need to send an Officer to the scene. If the incident you call about cannot be reported by phone, the Public Service Officer will advise you on the appropriate steps.

The following types of calls require that an Officer initiate the report:

  • Domestic violence
  • Assault resulting in serious injuries
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Accidents and public accidents
  • Rape
  • Homicide
  • Arson
  • Cancellation of runaway report

Report a Tip or Crime

If the incident you wish to report is an emergency or crime in progress, please call 911.

It is the mission of the South Bend Police Department to deliver professional, effective services, fairly and ethically, at all times, to all people, in order to prevent crime, control crime, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents and visitors.

Michiana Crime Stoppers was established to create a partnership between law enforcement and the community to prevent and control crime. If you are aware of a crime or wanted person in your community, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 342-STOP, or (574) 288-STOP. Hours are Monday through Friday between 7 am and 3 pm. 

When leaving information, you can remain anonymous or leave contact information for follow up opportunities.

You may ask yourself, "Why should I get involved?" The answer is simple. Calling 288-STOP helps stop crime and enhances the overall quality of life of everyone in your community by getting criminals, who target innocent people, off the streets. It also helps hold offenders accountable for their actions.

You can safely and anonymously submit your crime tips in several convenient ways:

  • Call (574) 288-STOP and talk on the TipLine
  • Long distance, call 1 (800) 342-STOP and talk on the TipLine
  • Enter a tip on Crime Stoppers website or P3 Tips

1 (800) 342-STOP and (574) 288-STOP are anonymous tiplines.

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Report an Accident

Any person operating a vehicle on an South Bend roadway, who is involved in a accident resulting in any property damage exceeding one thousand dollars ($1000) in which an investigation is not conducted by a law enforcement officer, shall file a written report of the accident with the South Bend Police within ten (10) days of the occurrence of the accident using the Civilian Traffic Collision Report.

To download the Civilian Traffic Collision Report, click here.

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