Press Releases

Monday, February 15, 2016

Designed to acquaint residents with the activities of police officers, the South Bend Police Department is accepting applications now through February 23 for its spring Citizen’s Police Academy.

The nine-week academy held on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30pm, March 1 through April 26, will provide training in aspects of law enforcement, introducing residents to the issues that officers face on a daily basis.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces the appointment of Jeff Rynearson, a 24-year veteran of the South Bend Police Department, to serve as Uniform Division Chief. Rynearson succeeds Scott Ruszkowski, who was named Police Chief earlier this month.

The Uniform Division is the largest unit within the South Bend Police Department, including the patrol and traffic bureaus. Rynearson previously served as captain with the Uniform Division. Before that he worked as part of the K9 Unit and Patrol Division.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The South Bend Police Department, in conjunction with South Bend Fire Department and Crime Stoppers, invites families to Treat Night on Wednesday, October 28 from 5-7:30 pm at the South Bend Police Department Garage, 701 W. Sample Street.

Children will receive trick-or-treat candy and should dress in their favorite costumes. They’ll also have an opportunity to learn Halloween safety information, as well as participate in a smoke house demonstration to learn fire safety tips.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will appoint Uniform Division Chief Scott Ruszkowski as the City of South Bend’s 62nd Chief of Police. Ruszkowski will take command on October 1, when current Police Chief Ronald Teachman will transition to a position in the private sector.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The South Bend Police Department and the group South Bend Neighborhoods will offer residents a third opportunity this year to discuss local issues with police officers at “Cops, Coffee, and Conversation” on Wednesday, August 26 from 1:30 to 7:00 pm at Curtis Products, 401 N. Bendix Drive.

Monday, August 17, 2015

As the school year begins, South Bend Police ask drives to take extra precautions in designated school zones. 

On Tuesday, August 18, from 7:30 to 8:30 am, South Bend Police will conduct intensive enforcement in the area of 3400 South Michigan and Main Streets, near Xavier School of Excellence. 

In School zones the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Speeding or using a cellphone in a school zone can result in fines up to $150. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

The South Bend Police Athletic League will hold a cookout for participants and their families on Wednesday, July 29 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the tennis courts at Washington High School, 4747 W. Washington St. At 2pm, the South Bend Police Department will also hold their afternoon roll call there.

South Bend Police Captain Darryl Boykins and Sergeant Dave Herron co-manage the 22-year-old PAL program. Over 400 South Bend children and teens participated this summer.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Today, the former City of South Bend flag was retired in a ceremony led by the South Bend Police Honor Guard. The new City of South Bend Flag was dedicated by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and raised in front of the South Bend Police Department.

“The flag will help residents rally around our city in its moment of renewal,” says Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “I hope residents will embrace this design and use it in their own, creative ways to show their love of the city.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The South Bend Police Department, Common Council President Tim Scott, and the group South Bend Neighborhoods will offer residents an opportunity to come together to discuss local issues with “Cops, Coffee, and Conversation” on Thursday, February 12 from 1:30 to 7:00 pm at the East Bank Emporium, 121 South Niles Avenue.

The free program is designed for residents, officers, and city officials to drop in throughout the afternoon to get to know one another in an informal setting. Coffee and desserts will be served.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The South Bend Police Department, in conjunction with the South Bend Common Council and Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, has declared May 11­–17 a week of remembrance and dedication to all South Bend Police Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #36, will hold the annual Police Officers Memorial Service at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the South Bend Police Department, 701 West Sample Street.