Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Hiring Questions
Q: I've decided I would like to join the police force. I have serious doubt that I can make the requirements. I have done some immoral and illegal things in my life as most of us have. I've never been charged or arrested simple traffic violations are all that are on my record. My question is a three parts. The first is I have experimented with marijuana. Will this stop me from joining the force? The other is I have partaken in some illegal action of which have stopped. I know that you have to take a lie detector test. If I answer truthfully to the question, will it disqualify me.

A: I can only encourage you to apply and see where it takes you. Experimental marijuana use will not necessarily disqualify you, but truthfulness about ANY illegal activity in the past is essential to being considered for employment. As for the other "immoral" activity you mention, I don't have anything to do on, so I would suggest you apply or call our recruiter by contacting our Training Bureau.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 10:38 AM  
Sunday, January 18, 2009
What Kind of Education to be a LEO?
Q.: If I don't have a criminal justice degree but I do have an associates in another field what are the steps I need to take to get into the law enforcement career?

A.: You do NOT need a degree in Criminal Justice to have a career in that field. Any advanced level of education (Associates, BA, MBA) is all fine when applying for a career. Having a CJ degree will not necessarily give you an edge over someone without one. Personally, I tell those interested to think about a degree in a similar field where that expertise can be of value as a LEO but in a different area, such as Psychology or English/Language Arts, Computer Science or even Writing. Good luck!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 2:27 PM  
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Trouble as a Minor Preventing Hiring?
Q: I have been in the Army for 5 years, and I was interested in a career with the police dept. When I was a minor I got into trouble using marijuana. I was wondering if getting into trouble as a juvenile would bar me from becoming a police officer?

A: As the requirements on our Jobs page indicates, minor experimental use of marijuana is not necessarily grounds for ineligibility. Juvenile "troubles" may not preclude you from being a candidate, however ANY and all circumstances of illegal conduct should be disclosed on your applications and interviews. Omission of seemingly minor or embarrassing details is a lead disqualifier of candidates. Complete disclosure and honesty, combined with a clean record as an adult is your best bet. You can contact our training and recruiting office if you have a more specific question. Good luck to you!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 8:53 PM  
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Getting Hired
Q: I was looking for a job with the department in the future and I saw once I am hired I am to the acdamey (ILEA). I was wondering if there was any fee's that I had to pay?

A:Correct. Our jobs page outlines this for you, but once hired as part of state requirement you are sent to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy for basic training. Thsi is paid by the department, as is the issued and required equipment you need for this, once you are hired.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 4:53 PM  
Monday, April 14, 2008
Can I Get Hired With OWI Conviction?
Q:I was thinking about becoming a Police Officer, but I had a DUI in 2002. I have never been arrested other than that. I haven't had any problems since then. I have always wanted to be a police officer is this going to stop me from becoming one. That is why I never tried. I am currently applying [at another department].

A: I can't answer for other departments, however your past history and criminal offenses do weigh in heavily in considerations for officer candidates. In our case, a OWI (DUI) conviction will typically exclude an applicant from further consideration for employment.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 1:37 AM  
Monday, April 07, 2008
Waiver on Age for Hiring?
Q: Regarding officer hiring, what about a waiver as far as age is concerned. I'm 47 and would like to see if I qualify for any SBPD Position, I'm currently in San Diego CA, former resident of South Bend and thinking about moving back home.

A: Unfortunately state law requires officer be no older than 36 at the date of hire to participate in PERF (Public Employee Retirement Fund) benefits as an officer. There are no exceptiosn or waivers made.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:51 AM  
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Hiring With a DUI?
Q: I got a DUI in 2005. I am 20 years old now and I want to know if I am still eligible to become a
police officer?

A: To be a SBPD officer applicant you must have no DUI/OWI related convictions.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 9:21 PM  
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Still More Hiring Questions
Q:What is the beginning salary of a patrol officer?

Q: If I am interrested in becoming an officer, can a person do a ride along to ensure that this is something that I want to do?

Q: Hello, I am interested in becoming a South Bend police officer. I will be leaving the army this Dec.(honorably) after three years of sevice(infantry) and one deployment to Iraq. The requirments say that i need a high school diploma. Is there any chance for me to get in with only a GED ?

A: Take a look at our JOBS page for a complete list of salary and benefits!

As for ridealongs, we do not have a formal ridealong program, however as an applicant you are allowed a couple of ridealongs once you reach a certain point in the process to see the city and meet with officers firsthand. Contact the training bureau for more information.

High school graduation requirements will also allow a GED to consideration in the hiring process.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 8:32 PM  
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Another Hiring Question
Q: I'm in the Army and would like to be a South Bend Police Officer when I get out. I get out of the Army in July of 2009. I was wondering how and when I should begin the application process. Thanks.

A: Applications are accepted year round and put into a pool for upcoming testing dates. You are then notified by mail of upcoming dates and when to report for testing. Visit our jobs page for more information, and good luck!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:43 AM  
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Another Hiring Question
Q: I would like to know when you are hiring again.

A: I already covered this previously on how/when the hiring process works, so please check it out here. Get your application in asap to get yourself in the process! Good luck.

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