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Citizen Involvement June 23, 2010

Posted by southbendpolice in Street Beat.
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Partnerships and Education are at the heart of the concept of “community policing”. Sharing information and encouraging interaction is at the heart of my goal for our department to reach out , share information, and to be accessible to residents.

A majority of our crimes can be easily averted if people learn about and implement simple prevention measures. It is also crucial for citizens to get involved when crime occurs. Consider a recent robbery/theft case.

A south side woman was recently victimized by having her purse taken while loading groceries into her vehicle. during the commotion, the victim was able to alert other store patrons by yelling “stop him, he’s got my purse”. In this case, the suspect had parked his car next to the victim’s vehicle for a fast getaway.

As a result of her yelling, two other citizens heard this and chose to get involved. The first witness unsuccessfully tries to stop the suspect (which is not recommended). However, he was able to get a good look at the offender in the process. The second witness was able to follow the suspect’s vehicle and obtained license plate information for us.

As a result of the efforts of citizens who chose to aid another human being who was being victimized, the intelligence gathered during the investigation, and the resulting police work by officers involved led to the offender being located, with the woman’s purse, money, and ID cards being recovered a short time later not too far away from the store where she was victimized.

Yes, this is a story of good police work, but it also illustrates the importance of citizen involvement. It is sad that you can’t leave your purse on the car seat for even a brief moment, but this is the reality of life in South Bend and the area as a whole.

You have to protect your valuables and be alert to potential threats around you.

We were successful because people got involved when the crime occurred. I do not recommend trying to physically apprehend criminals, but it is always helpful to get a good description, including accurate tag information with a complete license plate number and an accurate desctiption of the vehicle and suspect(s) whenever possible.

We have a good community, which helps to directly influence our quality of life. We strive to keep it that way, but can’t go it alone. Thank you for your help.

Don’t Tase Me, Bro October 1, 2009

Posted by southbendpolice in In The News, Street Beat.
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WSBT.com posted a story about an accidental Tasering that happened next door in Mishawaka while apprehending a suspect, and one of the arresting officers was struck by one of the dart probes in the process. All officers including us, are required to feel the effects of being “Tased” during the initial training and certification process.

Being Tased is uncomfortable to be sure. But they also work very effectively in interrupting motor function, allowing officers to more safely make an apprehension. Over the years since 2003 when I have been carrying the Taser, I have found that the direct hit is “the worst” for discomfort, but it IS only temporary. I have also learned that you can complete the circuit in a number of other accidental ways, reminding you that electricity is your friend and needs to be respected.

-running through your own dangling Taser wires during a foot chase
-feeling a water puddle act in completing the circuit between you and your suspect
-having a vehicle complete the circuit around the subject seated inside, and
-completing that circuit while placing the cuffs on by grabbing on to your suspect with both hands

Those accidental ones make you remember to be mindful of the Taser, even if self deprecating in the process. The pain from the Taser is temporary. The comments from your coworkers effects are usually longer lasting.

Thanks for reading!

STREET BEAT – WNDU- Two more arrested in Carjacking October 1, 2009

Posted by southbendpolice in Street Beat.
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courtesy WNDU

courtesy WNDU

WNDU has reported that two more suspects were arrested, bringing a total of all five suspects in the carjacking, armed robbery and criminal confinement of two Holy Cross students from Sept. 25th. As the officer who initiated the traffic stop of the suspect vehicle initially, for simply failing to dim headlights, which led to a high speed pursuit, a hit and run crash, and the suspects all fleeing on foot, I want to say that this is truly a group effort amongst officers.

From the original stop, the at scene efforts of 3rd Detail officers who came to assist, initially located and identified a possible suspect in the area was an outstanding example of team effort. The follow up by detectives assigned to the case, who worked with banks, BMV records, and other information obtained during the investigation, and the assistance of other detectives and officers in tracking down and arresting those involved is a perfect example of what it means to truly work as a team.

A lot of times this effort can go unnoticed, as may be the case with ‘lower profile’ cases. From having been there firsthand, and from getting daily updates on the investigation progress, I can say it is highly impressive to learn how everyone involved on the case came together to work and pitch in to track down ultimately five persons charged as involved in this incident.

Most importantly, everyone is okay. Great job to all officers and persons involved for the work you do!