South Bend Police Department is commanded by Chief of Police Ron Teachman.
The department's budgeted strength is 261 sworn officers and over 110 civilian employees, all highly competent, dedicated and committed women and men who strive to meet the service demands of more than 107,000 citizens, a population that increases to over 150,000 people on any given day from a large out of city work force.
The main structure of the department is broken down into four main divisions: Uniform, Investigative, and Services.
The Uniform Division is comprised of the uniform patrol division, including street patrol, Street Crimes, K9, and other specialty units, including SWAT, the TURF/Rapid Response Team, Bomb Squad and Traffic units.
The Investigative Division is the investigative side of the department. Once crimes are reported, the reports are forwarded to investigatrs in this division who then track cases, and follow up with the information generated from these reports. Other sections under this division is the Crime Lab, the School Resource Officer program, in addition to specialty divisions of investigation, such as frauds and financial crimes, hit and run crash investigation, and major crimes.
The Services Division is commanded by Division Chief Gary Horvath and is responsible for the daily support operations of the department. This includes administrative assistants to the department and Chief.
Training and Recruitment of officers, as well as other support such as payoll and benefit services; duties that include budgetary items, payroll, purchasing and special event billing. Supply of equipment and the Records Bureau which keeps track of the reports and records generated by the department and its officers is also controlled by this division.
You can also see an overview of the department organization chart here.