The Uniform Patrol Division is the largest Division in the Police Department. There are approximately 150+ officers assigned, when fully staffed.
Uniform Patrol is generally acknowledged as the backbone of the Police Department and the division that is most judged by terms of its performance. The City of South Bend, with it's population of 102,000 residents, encompasses a large geographical area. The City is separated into 20 patrol beats that cover the 520 miles of streets and an additional 499 miles of alleys.
Patrols are provided around the clock. In addition to the 20 patrol beat cars staffed, each region (4 in total) has at least one extra patrol car assigned to assist beat cars in that region, in addition to K9 officers, supervisors, and traffic/or specialty unit cars. These numbers ensure a timely response and patrol coverage throughout the city.
The hours of operation and staffing is as follows:
- 6:00am-2:00pm- 1st Detail
- 2:00pm-10:00pm- 2nd Detail
Uniform Division also is responsible for several specialty patrol units, such
as K9, NEST, SWAT, Rapid Response Team (RRT), Traffic, and Bike Patrol Units.
If you wish to see a map outlining which patrol unit covers the beat in which you live, you may do so here: BEAT MAP OUTLINE