South Bend Police Department speaks out following rise in crime

NOW: South Bend Police Department speaks out following rise in crime

SOUTH BEND, Ind.----

A spike in violent crime has many on high alert across South Bend. 

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruskowski spoke out against the increase on violent crimes in the area. Following the triple shooting on Phillipa Street, leaving one dead and 2 others injured. Marking the 7th Homicide of 2023 compared to 2 at this time in 2022. 

The Chief Also spoke out against recent issues involving safety in parks and schools, after multiple fights have occurred at Howard Park since the warm weather has rolled in, and two different incidents involving students bringing weapons into South Bend Schools. 

The Department yet again asking for the public's help to slow the crime rates as the warmer months approach, reminding those out there it starts at home.

“the homicide rate is very concerning, and again the community needs to take responsibility without a doubt, were here we stand infront of community when things are bad, we walk with the community when things are good, and we carry the community when its time to carry them. And were asking the community to come forward and help us stop the violence in the city,” added Captain Jason Biggs after sharing the numbers. 

Those who have any tips are always encouraged to send information to Michiana Crime Stoppers who had their most sucessful month in their 40 years as an organization, at 574-288-STOP.

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