The City of South Bend accepts applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit on a rolling basis.
We are looking for the best and brightest recruits to become a member of the fourth largest police department in the state. Please take a few moments to learn more about the rewards and benefits of becoming a South Bend Police Officer. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Training Division for additional information, at (574) 235-9224.
It is the goal of the South Bend Police Department to recruit the most qualified persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability, to serve the residents of South Bend as police officers. Hiring requirements are based on job-related criteria, taking into consideration the knowledge, personal attributes, skills, and training required to perform the job tasks, so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.
The South Bend Police Department accepts employment applications for Police Officer Recruits on a rolling basis. Applications are available through the following:
Completed applications for sworn officer positions only may be hand delivered or mailed to the following address:
South Bend Police Department
701 W. Sample St.
South Bend, IN 46601
Applications for non-sworn positions at South Bend Police Department must be submitted through the City of South Bend's Human Resources Portal.
The South Bend Police Department's Applicant Process may consist of, but is not limited to, the following evaluations. These may take up to six months to complete, in the following order:
Physical fitness standards are based on the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) and the standards are the same for males and females. Applicants must meet the standard for each exercise to pass the assessment test. This is a PASS/FAIL test only, with no points assigned for results.
Exercises in order are:
If all physical fitness standards are met, the applicant will be eligible to take the written exam.
Created by a professional consulting firm using job-related criteria
Four sections: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Incident Report Writing
Must score 80% or higher to continue on to interview phase
Study guides for the written test will be given out after successful completion of the physical fitness assessment. Applicants will also have the opportunity to attend voluntary study sessions that are offered. At these study sessions, a practice test will be given, scored, and information on oral interview preparation will be discussed.
This is a one-on-one interview with a member of the Training Division
Responses in this interview may be used for the polygraph examination, and this interview will help you to prepare for the polygraph
The Training Division makes a recommendation as to whether applicants should continue in the process on the basis of this interview
This is a structured interview in front of a board of civilians and sworn officers
Each applicant is asked the same questions and responses are graded
This is a structured interview with the South Bend Pension Board
This is the final step in the hiring process
Applicant scores will be totaled to establish an eligibility list in descending order from highest to lowest passing scores. Applicants will be notified of their final ranking on the eligibility list.
Upon an estimated projection of future vacancies, the department will extend the assessed number of "conditional" job offers to persons on the eligibility list in rank order. At that time, the following evaluations will be completed:
If all evaluations are successfully completed, the applicant will be sworn in as probationary police officer, provided the department has available vacancies.
The eligibility list will be valid for one year from the date of certification. Each year, applicant screening and testing processes for the department are conducted and a new eligibility list is established. Applicants are encouraged to reapply and repeat the testing if they wish to improve their scores and ranking. The Department’s hiring needs, and therefore the amount of the eligibility list resulting in hires, changes from year to year based on a number of variables.
For more information about the department or the selection process, contact the Training Division at (574) 235-9224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2023 PFC Salary: $70,822 + shift Incentives
2024 PFC Salary: $74,009 + shift incentives
2025 PFC Salary: $77,157 + shift incentives
Shifts- Afternoon: $2,500/yr or Midnight: $3,500/yr
Paid basic and lateral on-the-job (FTO) Training
Special Duty incentives (SWAT, FTO, RRT, etc.)
Court Pay during non-working hours
Pay for: Holidays, longevity, on-call, and hazardous duty
Take Home Car program (upon FTO completion)
Uniform allowance: $1,400/yr.
Health and life Insurance
Military and college incentive programs
Paid vacations, sick leave, and personal days
Sick time buy-back program
One-time recruitment bonus for successful referrals
Annual bonus for officers residing in South Bend City limits
PERF Pension: Retirement after 20 years of service, with the ability to collect pension beginning at age 52
Opportunities for positions other than sworn officers are advertised on the City of South Bend's Human Resources Portal.
These applications must be submitted via the link above and should not be submitted directly to the South Bend Police Department.