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Police Officer Recruit 

Open Date 4/12/2017  
Close Date 04/28/2017  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Bargaining / Non-Bargaining Bargaining  
Division Police  
Location South Bend Police Department  
Reports To Training Staff  
Pay Rate 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. Afternoon Shift Incentive: $2,500/yr. Midnight Shift Incentive: $3,500/yr.  

Basic Essential Functions

  • Monitor radio and communication devices to receive assignments and calls.
  • Maintain awareness of activities in assigned areas.
  • Effectively communicate, verbally and written, in the English language.
  • Assist citizens with problems.
  • Patrol on foot or by driving vehicle, responding to assigned calls and searching for suspicious activity or situations.
  • Respond to calls by driving, walking, or running to a specific location.
  • Refer persons to appropriate social service agencies when situations warrant.
  • Assess situations, determine the need for assistance of other officers or agencies, and take appropriate action.
  • Provide emergency aid to injured people and move people away from danger, including carrying unconscious people.
  • Investigate accidents and reports of crimes. Gather evidence, record observations and statements of witnesses, victims, and suspects.
  • Direct removal of vehicles involved in accidents and maintain an orderly flow of other traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian.
  • Search crime scenes and take prescribed actions to preserve and protect evidence. Record findings and observations.
  • Pursue and apprehend suspects, use appropriate means to protect the public and transport suspects to the detention area.
  • Use appropriate means and weapons to restrain people from physically striking and injuring others.
  • Drive a vehicle safely at high speed when an emergency warrants.
  • Assure citizens obey all traffic laws. Advise drivers of safe driving practices. Verify license and registration data. Issue citations or make arrests as warranted.
  • Take appropriate action to protect life and property.
  • Maintain visibility in the community. Meet and talk with people. Visit local businesses. Provide information and make presentations to neighborhoods, civic organizations, and schools.
  • Testify in court and prepare for such testimony by reviewing reports and notes. Meet with attorneys and obtain appropriate evidence.
  • Maintain physical fitness, uniforms, equipment, and weapons.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Participate in training on law enforcement procedures.

Environmental Factors

The essential functions for police officers are performed in and affected by the following environmental factors. A police officer must:

  • Operate both as a member of a team and independently, at incidents of uncertain duration.
  • Face exposure to infectious agents, such as Hepatitis B or HIV.
  • Perform complex tasks during life-threatening emergencies.
  • Work for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration.
  • Faces life or death decisions during emergency conditions.
  • Tolerate exposure to grotesque sights and smells associated with major trauma.

Physical Demands

Eligible candidates must at all times be able to complete the duties and responsibilities of a police officer. The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without a warm-up period.
  • Use firearms, self-defense equipment and body armor.
  • Be able to physically protect herself/himself and others.
  • Be able to communicate with people effectively.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties to address business needs and changing business practices. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law. The City of South Bend is an at will employer.

Position Requirements

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age, but not yet 36 years of age when sworn as a police officer. Eligible military veterans are able to be sworn up until age 40.
  • Must be a high school graduate, as evidenced by an official transcript issued by an accredited high school. An achievement test certificate from an accredited high school or State Board of Education is acceptable.
  • Must possess a valid unrestricted driver's license.
  • Must be willing, if appointed, to reside within St. Joseph County or an adjoining county in Indiana.

Copies of the Following Documents are Required (Upon completion of the online application you may bring these documents to the SBPD Training Bureau)

  • DD214 (Armed Services Discharge).
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Official and sealed high school transcripts.
  • Official and sealed college transcripts.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Valid driver's license.

Selection Process

  • Physical agility test.
  • Written examination.
  • Personal interview.
  • Oral Interview Board.
  • Background investigation.
  • Polygraph investigation.
  • MMPI and psychological examination.
  • Pension (PERF) physical examination.

Factors that may Increase Employment Consideration

  • Police related occupations: a. Military, b. Other Departments.
  • Education: a. College degree, b. Education beyond high school.
  • College internships.
  • Volunteer community service.
  • Honorably discharged war veteran.
  • Mother or father who was a member of a police or fire department, died in the line of duty.

Factors that Result in Automatic Rejection

  • Domestic violence conviction.
  • Drug selling.
  • Hard drug use.
  • Felony conviction.
  • Dishonorable discharge from the military.
  • Driving while intoxicated conviction in past five years.

Factors that may Decrease Employment Consideration

  • Involvement in criminal activity.
  • Misdemeanor conviction.
  • Marijuana use beyond experimental usage.
  • Poor driving and accident record.
  • Illegal acts.
  • Past job problems or firings.

Factors provided are general and not an exhaustive list.

About the Organization South Bend is the economic, educational, media, and cultural hub of a multi-county region spanning the Michigan-Indiana border. It's the fourth-largest city in Indiana with over 100,000 residents. South Bend's flourishing collegiate community and burgeoning tech industry have built upon the foundation of the city's industrial past to create a vibrant present and a promising future. The city's 14 institutions of higher learning, including the internationally renowned University of Notre Dame, infuse South Bend with creative energy in the arts, business, and technology. Combined with recent economic growth, strong neighborhoods, an affordable cost of living, exciting recreational opportunities, and thriving arts venues make South Bend a fabulous place to live, work, and, play.

***AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.***  
EOE Statement EOE/ADA Statement

The City of South Bend provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application/hiring process should contact the Legal Department's ADA Compliance Officer at and Office of Human Resources at to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The City of South Bend seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality public safety officers, staff and administration. The City of South Bend is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented candidates and others that will enhance our community in compliance with EO No. 1-2016 Section 1. Moreover, the City of South Bend prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).  

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