Press Releases

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The South Bend Police Department reminds residents there are steep fines in effect for illegally firing a gun within city limits. The Common Council amended an ordinance in December of 2015, setting the fine for shooting a gun irresponsibly at $2,500. Police have issued 34 citations so far in 2017.

The fine is intended to prevent reckless and/or celebratory gunfire. Residents are encouraged to consider how their celebration can turn into significant property damage or another family’s tragedy.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The South Bend Police Department, along with other citizens groups, invites members of the community to attend a neighborhood event on the city’s east side May 13, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robinson Learning Center (921 N. Eddy). Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The South Bend Police Department reminds the community to be safe when making online purchase. Department detectives are currently investigating at least three armed robberies over the last three weeks involving online transactions.

In these cases, the victims arranged a sales transaction through Facebook’s online market. The suspect(s) asked to meet the victims in the area of Ewing and Walnut where the victim was then robbed at gunpoint.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Citizen’s Police Academy was established to promote an understanding of the South Bend Police Department and its policies and procedures. In addition, the academy provides training in all aspects of law enforcement and the issues that face police officers on a daily basis.

Our goal is to foster a spirit of cooperation between the city, its citizens and their police department. It is hoped that graduates will get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and why they make the decisions they do while performing their duty.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sec. 14-6. - It is a violation for a child fifteen (15), sixteen (16), or seventeen (17) years of age to be in a public place: Between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday; After 11:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday or; Before 5:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday.

Sec. 14-7. - It is a violation for a child under fifteen (15) years of age to be in a public place after 11:00 p.m. or before 5:00 a.m. on any day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The South Bend Police Department announces its 2016 recognition awards for sworn officers and civilians with the police department. Every day, officers and civilians work together to protect lives and property, reduce crime and enhance police-community relationships. More than 60 officers and civilians are recognized for their bravery, lifesaving skills, community involvement and overall performance.

2016 Officer of the Year: Officer Tyler Donlon

2016 Investigator of the Year: Sergeant Kelly Waite

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The South Bend Police Department will host its annual National Night Out event from 5-7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 1, at the South Bend Police Department, 701 W. Sample Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

On December 20, 2017, the South Bend Board of Public Safety approved the promotions of 12 South Bend Police officers. The promotions include the ranks of captain, lieutenant and sergeant.

Joseph Galea

Kelly Waite
Kris Hinton

Kevin Gibbons
Tomar Thomas
Douglas Masterson
Angela Kline
Michael Ingle
Ryan Hipakka
Paul Daley
Jeff Chamberlain
Maranda Baker

Monday, October 31, 2016

The South Bend Police Department would like to remind parents, trick-or-treaters, drivers and community members that Monday, October 31st from 5pm to 7pm is the official Trick-or Treat hours for South Bend.  Please follow these safety tips to make our community a SAFE place to celebrate Halloween.
• Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and exterior lights on.
• Keep pets away from costumed children so as to not startle the family dog that may not recognize children in costume.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Representatives of the South Bend Group Violence Intervention will discuss the initiative’s Wednesday night “call in” at a press conference at 10:30 am on Thursday, October 27th at the Charles Martin Youth Center, located at 802 Lincoln Way West.