Board of Public Safety Gives Recommendations To South Bend Police Department

Nov 21, 2019

South Bend Police Department

The South Bend Board of Public Safety recommended policy changes for the city’s police department at a meeting Wednesday morning. 

These suggestions come after a series of meetings where community members gave input on police practices.

The shooting death of Eric Logan by a South Bend police officer in June is what prompted the community meetings.

Some policy changes the Board brought up were stopping vehicle pursuits in school zones, more de-escalation and diversity training, and for some use of force cases to be reviewed more quickly.

Local Black Lives Matter leader Jorden Giger says that the Board gave some good recommendations but missed a few things, like the need for a citizens review board.

“We have elected officials who are on the record supporting a citizens review board. If Elkhart can adopt a citizens review board, why can’t South Bend do the same?”

In a video posted to the SBPD’s Facebook page, Chief Scott Ruszkowski says the department will now take the recommendations and see where changes can be made.

City Spokesperson Mark Bode says some changes have already been implemented by the police department.

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