Press Releases

Thursday, August 18, 2022

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has issued its findings on the July 29, 2022 police-involved shooting in the 1200 block of N. Sheridan Street.

Monday, June 28, 2021

The South Bend Police Department is hosting the 2021 Citizen's Police Academy August 10 to October 5.


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 police officers face on a daily basis.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Lately, there have been several misleading statements made about our School Resource Officers (SROs) that we feel we need to clear up.
MISLEADING STATEMENT #1: “There is no contract or MOU between SBCSC and SBPD or COSB for police in schools.”
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The South Bend Police Department is looking for a teen who has a warrant for his arrest in connection to a shooting that took place on August 3, 2019 in the 1200 block of E. Cedar.
Randall Madison, 16, has been charged by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery.  Madison is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The South Bend Police Department Recruiting and Training Bureau will be hosting an open house for those interested in a career as a police officer in South Bend. The open house will be held on July 20, 2019 at the South Bend Fire Department Training Center located at 710 E. Sample Street from 9am to 11am. The current application is still open and the deadline to apply is August 12, 2019. The application and requirements to be an officer can be found here.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The South Bend Police Department announces arrests made involving shootings occurring in our city.

The Investigative Bureau arrested Jermaine Newsome, Jr., 19, in connection to a shooting that occurred on June 29, 2019 in the 3400 block of Putnam Place. In this incident, the victim was shot while inside an apartment. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Jermaine Newsome’s charges: Burglary with a deadly weapon, Criminal Recklessness, and Battery by means of a deadly weapon.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

South Bend Police Investigative Bureau is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of W. Ewing around 2:00 Wednesday morning.

Initially, patrol officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of W. Ewing on reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found a home with damage.

While on scene, officers were notified about a walk-in shooting victim at the hospital. When officers arrived, they met with a 27-year-old female with a wound to the chest. The injury is described as non life threatening.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Scott Ruszkowski, Chief of Police, issed the following general order confirming the City's expectation that per SBPD duty manual, all officers are to keep their body cameras activated when engaging civilians:

“Officers should activate their body cameras during all work-related interactions with civilians.  

This Order reminds all personnel of our Body Camera Activation Policy #424.6 and the expectation that all enforcement and investigative contacts, traffic stops (including back-up), field interviews, and self-initiated contacts shall be recorded.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday is the last day of school in South Bend and the South Bend Police Department wants to remind parents/guardians of the curfew ordinances in place for those under the age of 18.

The city ordinance that applied to children are as follows:

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.