St. Joseph County Police Department


About the St. Joseph County Police Department



The St. Joseph County (Ind.) Police Department is a department of nearly three hundred (300) individuals that was originally established in 1830.  By state law, the Sheriff’s department is not only responsible for routine police functions; it is responsible for serving civil warrants, and the staffing of a county jail, in addition to the protection of the three (3) courthouses located within our County.


There are six (6) divisions within the department:  Detective Bureau, Civil, Warrants, Jail Division, and the Records Division.  Officers from the Department are also assigned to several local schools, including Clay High School in South Bend and Penn High School which serves Mishawaka and Granger.


St. Joseph County is located in north-central Indiana and is home to over two-hundred and fifty thousand residents.  St. Joseph County also contains more than seven institutions of higher learning, including St. Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame.


The Department has one-hundred thirteen (113) sworn law enforcement officers.  The Road Patrol Division runs three shifts; there are at least eight (8) patrol officers---with only perhaps an additional two (2) officers due to budget limitations ---who are responsible for coving over four-hundred and sixty-seven (467) square miles at any one time.



401 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN 46601  574-245-6500