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New SBPD Investigative Division Chief Announced March 12, 2010

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Mayor Stephen J. Luecke and Chief Darryl Boykins announced that Captain Steven Richmond has been promoted to Chief of the Investigative Division of the South Bend Police Department

Feb 12, 2010

Mayor Stephen J. Luecke and Chief Darryl Boykins announced that Captain Steven Richmond has been promoted to Chief of the Investigative Division of the South Bend Police Department. Richmond received his chief’s badge this afternoon as he began his new duties at the Division.

Richmond has served on the South Bend Police Department for 27 years. He was a Homicide Investigator for ten years and spent the last three years as Captain of the Detective Bureau. Previously, he served as a certified fire investigator assigned to the Arson Bureau for three years. Chief Richmond is a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School.

In making the announcement Mayor Luecke expressed his appreciation for the Police Department’s commitment to keeping South Bend safe for its residents and businesses. He noted that “Chief Richmond will provide strong leadership for our team that is dedicated to solving crimes and capturing criminals.”

In 2009, total major crimes were down 12 percent compared to 2008 and set record low levels dating back to at least 1970. The major crime incidents recorded in 2009 are also 29 percent below the average crime-incident level for the past 40 years.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chief Richmond,” stated Chief Boykins. “We are committed to building a responsive and progressive police department and are continually reviewing our methods, researching the best strategies and determining the best utilization of our all of our resources. Chief Richmond’s experience will enable us to continue to achieve these goals.”

Former Division Chief Rick Bishop will be transferring to the Metro Homicide Unit where he will serve as the ranking South Bend Police Department representative.

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