Crime Intelligence Unit (RCIU)
Regional Crime Intelligence Unit (RCIU) was founded in 2002 and falls under the
structure of the Community Relations Division. The RCIU is a technical and
specialized unit with the primary goal to improve the efficiency and effectiveness
of police resources. This is accomplished through the tracking and identification
of pattern crimes, crime waves, chronic offenders, nuisance homes/businesses and
neighborhoods experiencing a sudden rash of criminal activity.
unit is comprised of two sworn-officers and one civilian. The South Bend
Police Department divides the City into quarters known as regions (Northwest,
Northeast, Southeast and Southwest). Each officer is responsible for two
regions. With the assistance of the civilian crime analyst, the officers
review police reports and dispatches that have or may have an impact on the quality
of life in their respective regions.
If you are seeking information on specific crime statistics for a particular
location, these statistics are obtained thru our Records Division via an Access
to Public Record Request. General inquiries regarding the statistic information
should be directed to our Public Information Office, Attn Teri Lanning, at 574.235.9201.
and Northeast Region
and Southeast Region
Using highly sophisticated computer software,
RCIU personnel are able use information from calls-for-service and police reports
to identify any relationships between the individual crimes and evolving patterns.
The Regional Crime Intelligence Unit then provides investigative leads to solving
burglaries, robberies, motor vehicle thefts and a variety of other crimes.
From their offices, unit personnel are capable of quickly discerning if drug and
weapon violations occur within 1000 feet of prohibited areas. Finally, RCIU
generates thermographic maps of the City with hot-spots (high crime areas) and
cold-spots (low crime areas). This allows the police department to identify
neighborhoods experiencing a high concentration of crime compared to other areas
in the City.
RCIU also continues to the monitor the City to determine the impact police resources
are having in a community. While peopleís perception on police action is
subjective, RCIU uses an objective and measurable tool to assess the Departmentís
this information is discussed in bi-monthly meetings called Crime Control Strategy
Sessions (CCSS), which is modeled after COMPSTAT. The Chief of Police holds
these meetings with his division chiefs, patrol and investigative commanders and
other personnel. The Regional Crime Intelligence Unit is present to distribute
their report and discuss their findings. The commanding officers then use
the information to make personnel and deployment decisions to counter criminal
Crime Intelligence Unit is also responsible for providing crime maps and statistics
to the media, the SBPD website and other sources.
unit also commands several patrol grant operations, such as Weed & Seed, Lincolnway
West and Western Ave Corridor Patrols.
the two sworn-officers hold monthly region meetings with the citizens in their
region. The meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month and are
intended to provide the citizens with information that may impact their safety
and, ultimately, the RCI officers are looking for any information that could solve
a crime in the respective region.
Weekly Crime Map information can be viewed here.