By state law, the 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 courthouses located within our County.
There are six divisions within the department: Detective Bureau, Civil, Warrants, Jail Division, Patrol 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. The department also has several specialty divisions such as S.W.A.T, a Dive Team, and K-9 Unit.
St. Joseph County by the Numbers
St. Joseph County is located in north-central Indiana and is home to 250,000 residents. St. Joseph County also contains more than seven institutions of higher learning, including St. Mary’s College, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame.