City of South Bend hosts first ever quarterly public safety update session

NOW: City of South Bend hosts first ever quarterly public safety update session

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The City of South Bend and officials of the South Bend Police Department hosted its first ever quarterly public safety update session on Thursday which is aimed at reducing local gun violence.

South Bend Mayor James Mueller says these sessions are targeted at saving South Bend lives and solving gun violence cases.

“In the short term this is how do we get and maintain peace in our streets, deliver Justice for victims and get those numbers down,” said Mayor Mueller.

Chief Scott Ruszkowski says his department is determined to make the necessary changes to help keep communities in South Bend safe.

“It’s frustrating for us too. And again, people tend to overlook the trauma effect, the psychological trauma effect just on our community but our officers. If we have to put someone in handcuffs and take them to jail that’s what we will do as long as it saves their lives or somebody else’s,” said Chief Ruszkowski.

One official says the use of new technologies will help the department respond faster to violent calls despite the shortage of officers.

“With our numbers being down we're turning to technology with things such a shot spotter connect. It’s getting officer presents in the area where they are needed most,” said Assistant Chief Dan Skibins.

Another official added that getting the community involved with sending tips and sharing information about violent crimes they have witnessed will help create safer communities.

“I would like to see more people get involved. When they see something say something but also having a conversation with our children because it’s not only affecting us a community as well but it’s affecting our schools, every part of our lives,” said Isaac Hunt, Gun Violence Intervention Project Manager.

Anyone with information about crimes in the South Bend area can contact the South Bend Police Department or can leave an anonymous tip with Michiana Crime Stoppers online or by calling 574-288-STOP.

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