Press Releases

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The South Bend Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
 
Around 8pm, officers were notified of a ShotSpotter activation in the area of the 1300 block of W. King Street. While officers were on scene, they were notified around 8:20pm of a walk-in victim at the hospital.

The victim is an 18 year old male with a non life threatening wound to the lower leg.

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

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 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.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

South Bend Police Department hosting 2019 Citizens Police Academy August 13 to October 8.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JULY 31

The Citizens 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.

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.

Friday, June 7, 2019

South Bend Police Investigative Bureau is investigating a series of robberies that have occurred in the last 48 hours in in the city of South Bend and surrounding area. The suspects in these robberies are described as black males, possibly in their late teens to early 20s

On today’s date around 1am, five unknown male blacks entered a store in the 1800 block of S. Miami. One of the males was armed with what appeared to be a firearm. This same location was robbed on June 5 at 10:41pm in the same or similar fashion.  

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The South Bend Police Investigative Bureau announces a man connected to the shooting of 22 year old male on March 31, 2019 is in custody.
 
St. Joseph County Police arrested 31 year old Derrick Lee on unrelated warrants Monday. South Bend detectives arrested Lee Tuesday for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and carrying a handgun without a license.