A Brief Overview of SBPD Civilian Programs
South Bend Police Department is strongly committed to serving our citizens, not
only through enforcement, but also education, crime prevention and community involvement.
There are several ways you can become involved and help to make a difference in
volunteering your time, and to learn more about the South Bend Police Department.
Amongst some programs we offer:
Police Academy allows local residents a course on learning more about local law
are volunters who are utilized in traffic protection, traffic related services
and local events
Stoppers involving citizens in solving felony crimes, involving rewards for fugitive
apprehensions anonymously. Call 288-STOP
Explorer program provides an opportunity for young men and women bewteen the agers
of 14 to 20 to experience first-hand how a police department functions.
SBPD Police Athletic League has officers teaching local youth positive interaction
volunteers are actively involved in assistance for traffic directions at natural
and man-made disasters, large public gatherings, amongst other services.
take a moment to learn more about an area of interest by clicking on the logo
above, or contact us for more information.
on Community Oriented Policing
Since 1997, the South Bend Police Department has offered formal community
oriented police training for all officers and civilian members of the Department,
as well as, hundreds of community and business leaders.
Training seminars presented
by SAR Associates focused on community policing philosophies, the implementation
process, and the cohesive efforts needed between the businesses, community residents,
and the police department. However, in retrospect, the efforts highlighted in
the COP philosophies mirrored many actions already being offered and in partnership
between Department members and the business/residential communities. With the
introduction of Community Oriented Policing, there now was an umbrella label
associated with these efforts.
Over the last 20 years, the South Bend Police Department
has had one of the most extensive and viable Neighborhood Watch (210 groups),
Business Watch Programs (80 businesses), and citizen's interactive neighborhood
nuisance house ordinances in the Midwest. Our approach to community
policing is to use the language of co-active efforts between all facets
of our Department, all City agencies, and all segments of our community.