______________________10 Million Reasons to Support Crime Stoppers – Shredding Identity TheftMayor Luecke and Mayor Rea jointly proclaim Crime Stoppers Identity Theft week.
Up to 10 million people become victims of identity theft each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, social security number, credit card account or other personal information to commit a crime. On May 12th, Mayor Stephen Luecke and Mayor Jeff Rea jointly proclaimed this week to be Crime Stoppers Identity Theft Awareness Week. The purpose of the Mayors proclamation is to raise awareness and educate the citizens of Michiana on how to deter thieves, detect suspicious activity, and defend themselves against identity theft.
On Friday May 16th at 6:00 p.m., the South Bend Police Department and Crime Stoppers will host a free seminar on Identity Theft Protection. Sgt. Dominic Zultanski will discuss schemes and scams that have been active in and around our area as well as answer your questions on specific issues that effect you in regards to identity theft / fraud prevention and recovery. Several other area, state and federal agency representatives have participated (in putting this night together) and will be either on hand and available for your questions and offer their assistance or have resources available.
On Saturday May 17th, in an effort to help you take the first steps toward protecting your identity, South Bend Area Crime Stoppers is partnering with Enviro-Shred to hold a community shredding day. You can take advantage of this opportunity to begin protecting yourself and support Crime Stoppers. Enviro-Shred will destroy your documents for a small tax-deductible to Crime Stoppers. All proceeds will go toward the Crime Stoppers reward fund. Bring your old documents to Martins Supermarkets at Heritage Square in Granger, or Erskine Plaza in South Bend from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.
__________________The South Bend Police Department Honor Guard has been selected to be one of six official Color Guards at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, May 13, 2008.
Fourteen Honor Guard members from our department will travel to Washington and play prominent rolls in various Police Week ceremonies, most notably, the Color Guard for the Candlelight Vigil. The Color Guard honors (of which 400 national and international departments vied for selection) will be shared by the following agencies:
San Antonio, Texas Police Department
Puerto Rico Police Department
Aurora, Colorado Police Department
Cleveland Heights, Ohio Police Department
United State Border Patrol - Texas District, and
South Bend, Indiana Police Department
The SBPD in collaboration with Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #36 will be holding it's annual ceremony to remember its fallen officers at the South Bend Police Department Headquarters on Friday, May 9th. 2008 at 9:00 PM.
The ceremony will last approximately one-half hour. It is the first time the ceremony will have been held in the evening. The public is invited to attend. This service preceeds the national observance of Law Enforcement Week, which culminates with services in Washington D.C. This year a contingent of SBPD officers and family will be on hand in Washington as Cpl. Nick Polizzotto's name is added to the Fallen Officers Memorial.
Please join us this Friday.