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Police Officer Lateral Entry 

Open Date 5/10/2019  
Close Date Until Filled  
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  
Schedule Morning 0600-1400, Afternoon 1400-2200, Midnight 2200-0600 on a 6&3 rotation.  
Pay Rate Starting Salary 2020: (Promotion to Patrolman 1st class may be dependent on prior experience.)**Patrolman 2nd Class (During FTO) $54,122/yr.**Patrolman 1st Class (Upon successful completion of FTO) $60,341/yr.**Afternoon Shift Incentive: $2,500/yr.**Midnight Shift Incentive: $3,500/yr.**Up to a $5,000 sign on bonus after 18 months of continuous service for lateral transfers.  


If you are a currently certified officer looking to transfer to the City of South Bend Police Department we look forward to hearing from you. You must be a currently certified officer to be eligible for the City of South Bend’s Lateral Entry Program. Current certified officers are eligible for an expedited hiring process. Candidates will be required to complete an agility course. Qualified applicants who complete the hiring process would sign on as a Recruit for the South Bend Police Department than be sworn in as a Patrolman Second Class. After successful completion of the 11-15 week FTO program eligible candidates would promote into Patrolman First Class. Police officers, under general supervision, perform a wide variety of duties involved with the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes.




· 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 a 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 business. 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.
· Participate in training on law enforcement procedures.
· Perform related duties as assigned.






Assumes additional duties and responsibilities as assigned or as needed.
Position Requirements


To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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.
· If you are a current Indiana INPRS fund member, you may be eligible to waive the age requirement.
· Must be willing, if appointed, to reside within St. Joseph County or adjoining county in Indiana. ****UPDATE**** New Indiana law allows individuals to reside within 50 miles of the City. IC 36-8-4-2.


Copies of the following documents are required. (Upon completion of the online application you may bring these documents to the SBPD training bureau or apply at the SBPD.)


· DD214 (Armed Services Discharge – if applicable).
· High school diploma or GED.
· Official and sealed high school transcripts.
· Official and sealed college transcripts. (If applicable)
· Birth certificate.
· Valid driver’s license.
· Copy of certified officer status.




· 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.




· Two or more years of continuous service as a certified officer.
· Education beyond high school.
· College internships.
· Volunteer community service.
· Honorably discharged war veteran.




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




· Involvement in criminal activity.
· Misdemeanor conviction.
· Documented evidence of domestic violence.
· Military rejection or early discharge for cause.
· Marijuana use beyond experimental usage.
· Poor driving and accident record.
· Illegal acts.
· Past job problems or firings.




· Valid Unrestricted Driver’s License required
· Certification of Officer Status




The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and walk, and talk or hear. The employee is required to run; use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds or more. The employee must be able to work for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration, make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without a warm up period. Also, the employee must be physically able to protect himself/herself and others. Specific vision abilities required in this job include the ability to adjust focus of varying distances.




Work is performed in and out of office settings. The noise level in the office environment is usually quiet to moderate at a reasonable temperature. Entire office is smoke free. In the field Police officers should expect to face exposure to the typical hazards of working outdoors in all weather conditions, be able to tolerate grotesque sights and smells, and moderate to very loud noises.




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 of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, genetic information, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.
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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