The South Bend Police Department Training and Recruiting Division is responsible for ongoing training of over 258 current officers and the recruiting and hiring of new candidates. Our division is comprised of Captain Mattie Taylor, Sgt. Ken Stuart, Officer Christopher Brady, Officer Meredith Hanley and Administrative Assistant Emma Beserra. Applicants must be 21 years of age to apply, but not yet 36 (as per Public Employee Retirement Fund guidelines) and a United States Citizen. Some factors that increase employment consideration include a college degree, military experience or previous police experience, community service and volunteer organizations.
Once applicants are hired, police officer candidates are sent to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to complete the Basic Recruit Training Program. Upon graduation, officer candidates are officially sworn in and begin their Field Training program, which may last from 14 to 16 weeks, depending on an officer’s skill levels. Upon the successful completion of the FTO program, an officer will be assigned to one of two patrol shifts: 2pm-10pm or 10pm to 6am.
The responsibilities of a patrol officer include, but are not limited to: Responding to emergency calls and assessing rapidly evolving situations, documenting incidents in report formats and taking statements of victims, witnesses and suspects, searching for and collecting evidence of a criminal act, patrol, pursue and apprehend suspects, testify in court, maintain physical fitness, and communicate effectively in stressful situations.
As a South Bend Police Officer, you will be held to a high standard and be seen as a representative of this department as well as your community. Applicants must be motivated, disciplined, and have a passion for a career in public service. We encourage anyone with interest to contact a member of the Training and Recruiting Division with questions.