Press Releases

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 2018 Citizen’s Police Academy August 13 to October 8.


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.

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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

South Bend Police detectives are investigating a double shooting that took place around 12:10 Thursday morning in the 1800 block of S. Scott Street.
Officers found a male and female with injuries when they arrived. The female victim had a wound to the chest. The male victim had wounds to the head including a graze wound. The male victim is believed to have been hit with something and shot. Both were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

South Bend Police Department and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 will hold its annual Tribute and Memorial Service as part of National Police Officers Week for the 15 South Bend officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Monday, April 29, 2019

South Bend Police Investigative Bureau continues to investigate a shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon around 4:30.

Officers were dispatched to Pulaski Park on reports of a shooting. Officers found the victim, a 17 year old male, in the 400 block of S. Walnut. The victim had non life threatening graze wounds to the arm and side. He was treated and released from the hospital.