Police Officer Recruit

South Bend, IN
South Bend Police Department


  • Recruit/Patrolman 3rd Class (1st Year) $59,319/yr.
  • Patrolman 2nd Class (2nd Year) $65,442/yr.
  • Patrolman 1st Class (3rd Year) $74,009/yr.


  • United States Citizen.
  • Must be 21-35 years of age at time of application (or up to 40 years of age if retired military with 20 years of service and honorable discharge, in accordance with HB1359).
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must be able to pass a competitive written exam.
  • Have no felony criminal convictions.
  • Have no conviction of domestic violence or a domestic violence-related offense (either misdemeanor or felony).
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Must pass mandatory drug screening.
  • Have no previous use of hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, Mushrooms, Mescaline, Ecstasy, etc).
  • Possess a valid driver’s license from current state of residence.
  • Military discharge (if applicable) cannot be characterized as “other than honorable”, “bad conduct”, or “dishonorable”.
  • Must be able to pass a physical agility assessment test.
  • Must submit to in-depth background investigation, polygraph, psychological testing, and medical examination.