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Officer Lateral Transfers

Application

The South Bend Police Department accepts employment applications for Police Officer lateral transfers 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
Training and Recruitment Division
701 W. Sample St.
South Bend, IN 46601


Requirements

  • United States Citizen
  • Must be 21-35 years of age at time of application (or up to 40 years of age if retired military with 20 years of service and honorable discharge, in accordance with HB1359)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Must be able to pass a competitive written exam - Waived for lateral transfers
  • Have no felony criminal convictions 
  • Have no conviction of domestic violence or a domestic violence-related offense (either misdemeanor or felony)
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must pass mandatory drug screening
  • Have no previous use of hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, Mushrooms, Mescaline, Ecstasy, etc.)
  • Possess a valid driver's license from current state of residence
  • Military discharge (if applicable) cannot be characterized as "other than honorable", "bad conduct", or "dishonorable"
  • Must be able to pass a physical agility assessment test
  • Must submit to in-depth background investigation, polygraph, psychological testing, and medical examination


Selection Process

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:


1. Physical Agility Assessment Test

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:

  • Vertical Jump Test (Standard: 16 inches or greater)
  • Timed Sit Up Test (29 in one minute or less)
  • 300 Meter Run (Complete in 71 seconds or less)
  • Push Up Test (Complete 25 push ups with no time limit)
  • 1.5 Mile Run (Complete in 16:28 or less)
  • Pistol Trigger Pull Test (Complete 6 pulls in 10 seconds or less)

If all physical fitness standards are met, the applicant will be eligible to take the written exam.





3. Personal Interview

  • 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 Dvision makes a recommendation as to whether applicants should continue in the process on the basis of this interview

4. Structured Oral 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

5. Background check

  • In-depth background investigation

6. Polygraph (Conditional Job Offer)

  • Polygraph examination
  • Conditional job offer

7. Medical Physical

  • Complete medical examination including vision, hearing, and mandatory drug screen

8. Psychological Examination

  • Psychological examination and interview with clinical psychologist

9. Pension Board Interview

 

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


Salary and Benefits

Starting Salary 2017:

Recruit/Patrolman 3rd Class (1st Year) $46,229/yr
Patrolman 2nd Class (2nd Year) $51,000/yr
Patrolman 1st Class (3rd Year) $56,861/yr

Shift Incentives: 

  • Bonus for afternoon and midnight shift officers 
  • 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)
  • Uniforms and equipment provided, quarterly clothing allowance ($1,400 per year)
  • Health and life Insurance
  • Dental and Vision
  • 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

 

Find a Career Path

Patrol Division

The Patrol Division, under the direction of the Patrol Division Chief, is the largest division within the Police Department. There are over 160 officers under the supervision of three commanders. Patrols are provided all day, every day of the year. In addition to 18 patrol beat cars, each of the three regions has at least one extra patrol car assigned to assist the region. This does not include the additional K-9 officers, supervisors, traffic and specialty unit cars, or overtime patrols that fall within this unit. These patrol units ensures a timely, safe, and appropriate response throughout the entire city.

The Patrol Division is composed of the following units:

  • Patrol
  • K-9
  • Bomb Squad
  • Rapid Response Team (RRT)
  • SWAT

The Patrol Division provides the following services:

  • Crash investigations
  • Crime scene technicians
  • Crisis negotiation
  • Honor Guard
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Special events support
  • Traffic control

 

Support Division

The Support Division includes the Logistics Bureau and Investigative Bureau. 

The Investigative Bureau, commonly known as the Detective Bureau, is composed of approximately 65 sworn and non-sworn personnel assigned to a wide variety of duties. The main responsibilities of the Bureau are to investigate reported crimes against persons and property. The Investigative Bureau is on-call 24 hours a day to respond to major crimes. All detectives are trained and knowledgeable investigators who are committed to follow leads on cases that a normal patrol officer would not have the time or resources to complete.

The Investigative Bureau also has detectives report to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's metro investigative units where they serve on the County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU), Drug Investigations Unit (DIU), and Special Victims Unit (SVU). 

The Logistics Bureau provides important support for SBPD and includes the following divisions and units:

  • Payroll and Finance
  • Grant Writing
  • Records Bureau
  • Property and Evidence
  • Crime Lab
  • Public Service Officers
  • Research and Development
  • Building Maintenance
  • Motor Pool

Operations Division

The Operations Division is responsible for the day to day functioning of the department as well as strategic planning. The Operations Division includes:

  • Recruitment, training, and career development
  • Office of Professional Standards
  • Public information
  • Community outreach
  • Strategic Focus Unit
  • Crime intelligence and analysis
  • Crime Stoppers

Deadlines

Currently there are no official deadlines.  We are taking all applications!

Call us at 574-235-9224 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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First Time Applicants

Application

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
Training Division
701 W. Sample St.
South Bend, IN 46601

 


Requirements

  • United States Citizen
  • Must be 21-35 years of age at time of application (or up to 40 years of age if retired military with 20 years of service and honorable discharge, in accordance with HB1359)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Must be able to pass a competitive written exam
  • Have no felony criminal convictions 
  • Have no conviction of domestic violence or a domestic violence-related offense (either misdemeanor or felony)
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must pass mandatory drug screening
  • Have no previous use of hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, Mushrooms, Mescaline, Ecstasy, etc.)
  • Possess a valid driver's license from current state of residence
  • Military discharge (if applicable) cannot be characterized as "other than honorable", "bad conduct", or "dishonorable"
  • Must be able to pass a physical agility assessment test
  • Must submit to in-depth background investigation, polygraph, psychological testing, and medical examination

 

 


Selection Process

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:

1. Physical Fitness Assessment Test

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:

  • Vertical Jump Test (Standard: 16 inches or greater)
  • Timed Sit Up Test (29 in one minute or less)
  • 300 Meter Run (Complete in 71 seconds or less)
  • Push Up Test (Complete 25 push ups with no time limit)
  • 1.5 Mile Run (Complete in 16:28 or less)
  • Pistol Trigger Pull Test (Complete 6 pulls in 10 seconds or less)

If all physical fitness standards are met, the applicant will be eligible to take the written exam.

2. Written Exam 

  • Created by a professional consulting firm using job-related criteria
  • Four sections: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Incident Report Writing
  • Must score 82% 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.

3. Personal Interview

  • 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 Dvision makes a recommendation as to whether applicants should continue in the process on the basis of this interview

4. Structured Oral 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

5. Pension Board Interview

  • 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:

  • In-depth background investigation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination and interview with clinical psychologist
  • Complete medical examination including vision, hearing, and mandatory drug screen

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


Salary and Benefits

Starting Salary 2017:

Recruit/Patrolman 3rd Class (1st Year) $46,229/yr
Patrolman 2nd Class (2nd Year) $51,000/yr
Patrolman 1st Class (3rd Year) $56,861/yr

Shift Incentives: 

  • Bonus for afternoon and midnight shift officers 
  • 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)
  • Uniforms and equipment provided, quarterly clothing allowance
  • 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

 

Agility Requirements

Exercises in order are:

  • Vertical Jump Test (Standard: 16 inches or greater)
  • Timed Sit Up Test (29 in one minute or less)
  • 300 Meter Run (Complete in 71 seconds or less)
  • Push Up Test (Complete 25 push ups with no time limit)
  • 1.5 Mile Run (Complete in 16:28 or less)
  • Pistol Trigger Pull Test (Complete 6 pulls in 10 seconds or less)

If all physical fitness standards are met, the applicant will be eligible to take the written exam

Sports

South Bend Cubs - Official Site

www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t550

Official website of the South Bend, Indiana Cubs minor league baseball team. Site contains news items, roster, game schedule, merchandise and pictures

UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site

www.und.com

The University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site, partner of CBS College Sports Networks, Inc. The most comprehensive coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish ...

Parks & Recreation | City of South Bend

https://www.southbendin.gov/government/department/parks-recreation

With more than 100 recreation programs offered for youth and adults, South Bend Parks & Recreation ... Indiana Parks & Recreation association, South Bend Parks and ...

Studebaker National Museum

355 TripAdvisor reviews

201 Chapin St, South Bend · (574) 235-9714

The History Museum

85 TripAdvisor reviews

808 W Washington St, South Bend · (574) 235-9664

Copshaholm House Museum

3 Yelp reviews

808 W Washington St, South Bend · (574) 235-9664

 

Morris Performing Arts Center - Official Site

morriscenter.org

The Morris Performing Arts Center located in South Bend, IN is a listed landmark on the National Register of Historic Places with a capacity of 2,564 seats.

Potawatomi Zoo - Official Site

potawatomizoo.org

Support the Potawatomi Zoo - A Wildlife Adventure Right Here in Michiana! The oldest zoo in Indiana, Potawatomi Zoo features more than 400 animals.

Military Honor Park & Museum, Inc.

www.honorpark.org

The Military Honor Park & Museum is a 501(c)(3) ... South Bend International Airport South Bend, Indiana Questions or Comments? Write to: Military Honor Park

  • 4300 Veterans Dr, South Bend, IN 46628 · (574) 232-4300

Restaurants

Near Notre Dame

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza

blazepizza.com

1234 N Eddy St, South Bend, IN 46617 

(574) 387-4620

Closed now, opens at 10:30 AM

56 Yelp reviews · $$$$

 

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

www.fiveguys.com

1233 N Eddy St Unit 10, South Bend, IN 46617

(574) 234-1800

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

24 Yelp reviews · $$$$

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill

chipotle.com

1250 N Eddy St Ste 101, South Bend, IN 46617 

(574) 251-0175

Closed now, opens at 10:30 AM

11 Yelp reviews · $$$$

  

Jimmy John's

www.jimmyjohns.com

1234 N Eddy St Ste 107, South Bend, IN 46617 

(574) 277-8500

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

2 Yelp reviews

 

  

South Side

Wendy's

locations.wendys.com

4227 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46614

(574) 291-6171

Open 24 hours

4 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Culver's

www.culvers.com

4402 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46614

(574) 299-9141

Closed now, opens at 10 AM

10 Yelp reviews · $$$$

 

Chick-fil-A

www.chick-fil-a.com

4555 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46614

(574) 968-0351

Open until 10 PM

5 Yelp reviews · $$$

 

Wings Etc

www.wingsetc.net

2051 E Ireland Rd, South Bend, IN 46614

(574) 291-0077

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

17 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Subway

www.subway.com

2334 Prairie Ave, South Bend, IN 46614

(574) 289-0448

Open until 11 PM

 

Downtown Restaurants Lunch

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

79 Yelp reviews

122 S Michigan St, South Bend · (574) 287-0725

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

Le Peep

www.lepeep.com

127 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 288-7337

Open until 2 PM

66 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Chicory Cafe

www.chicorycafe.net

105 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 234-1141

Open until 10 PM

123 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Jimmy John's

www.jimmyjohns.com

138 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 246-1020

Closed now, opens at 10 AM

2 Yelp reviews · $$$$

CJ's Pub

www.cjs-pub.com

236 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 233-5981

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

72 Yelp reviews · $$$$

 

 

Downtown Restaurants Dinner

Fiddler's Hearth

www.fiddlershearth.com

127 N Main St, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 232-2853

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

291 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Cafe Navarre

cafenavarre.co

101 N Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601 

(574) 968-8101

Closed now, opens at 11:30 AM

126 Yelp reviews · $$$$

LaSalle Grill

www.lasallegrill.com

115 W Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46601 

(574) 288-1155

Closed now, opens at 5 PM

92 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Cambodian Thai

www.zomato.com

235 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601 

(574) 289-2877

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

226 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Tippecanoe Place Restaurant

tippe.com

620 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 234-9077

Closed now, opens at 11:30 AM

75 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Carmela's at Macri's

macrifamily.com

214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617 

(574) 280-4824

Closed now, opens at 5 PM

40 Yelp reviews · $$$$

Barnaby's

www.barnabys-pizza.com

713 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617

(574) 288-4981

Closed now, opens at 11 AM

20 Foursquare tips · $$$$

 

 

Prospective Officers

Salary and Benefits

Starting Salary 2017:

Recruit/Patrolman 3rd Class (1st Year) $46,229/yr
Patrolman 2nd Class (2nd Year) $51,000/yr
Patrolman 1st Class (3rd Year) $56,861/yr

Shift Incentives: 

  • Bonus for afternoon and midnight shift officers 
  • 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)
  • Uniforms and equipment provided, quarterly clothing allowance
  • 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

 

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