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Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:32 pm
by st michael jr
D/C Ruszkowski is Uniform Division and D/C Smith is Investigative Division chief. In my opinion, these are two very good picks by the chief. I wish them both well in their new jobs.

Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:17 pm
by Happy Mom
st michael jr wrote:D/C Ruszkowski is Uniform Division and D/C Smith is Investigative Division chief. In my opinion, these are two very good picks by the chief. I wish them both well in their new jobs.

I guess it did say their position... Thanks SMJ!! That is great!!!

Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:21 pm
by Happy Mom
SBPD officers promoted to division chiefs


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New South Bend Police Uniform Division Chief Scott Ruszkowski gets his new badge Thursday from Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:53 pm

CHRISTIAN SHECKLER South Bend Tribune csheckler@sbtinfo.com





SOUTH BEND -- In a sense, new South Bend police division chiefs Scott Ruszkowski and Stephan Smith got into police work from opposite perspectives.

Ruszkowski’s family had a long history of police work, yet he never wanted to become a police officer until his Navy days in the mid-1980s, when he got a taste of military police duty.


“I guess that’s when I caught the bug,” he said.

Smith, meanwhile, knew his whole life that he would be a police officer, even though he didn’t come from a police family.

“I even had parents who tried to talk me out of it,” Smith said.

But both men devoted their lives to law enforcement, winning the respect of both their peers and superiors. In a ceremony Thursday, Mayor Pete Buttigieg swore in Ruszkowski, formerly a captain, and Smith, formerly a lieutenant, as division chiefs to head the South Bend Police Department’s patrol and detective operations — filling two positions that had been vacant for more than a year.


“We’ve selected two excellent and competent leaders, particularly in their divisions,” Police Chief Ron Teachman said.

Ruszkowski, a 24-year veteran with the force, will lead the uniform division, overseeing all day-to-day patrols, the street crimes unit and traffic control and special event operations. He previously was commander of the street crimes and K-9 units and most recently supervised all afternoon shift patrols.

Smith, who has been with the department for 18 years, will lead the investigative division, sometimes called the detective bureau, which is in charge of solving robberies, auto thefts, assaults, burglaries and other cases. He previously served as a detective with the department’s major crimes unit and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit. Before his promotion, he served in the city police training division and led the SWAT team.

Sgt. Dan Demler, local president of the Fraternal Order of Police union, said both new division chiefs have won the respect of their peers by leading by example.


“With these two guys they’ve picked, they have an outstanding reputation among the officers,” Demler said. “They lead by example. When it comes to police work, those are very important things.”

Overall, Ruszkowski said, he hoped to build trust for the police department among community members, and Smith said his top priority was making sure members of the investigative division have all the resources they need to do their jobs — but both men said they would need to sit down with Teachman to discuss detailed goals.


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Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:29 pm
by saywatanayo
Couple of Rock Solid guys right there. Good Luck Men!

Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:56 pm
by John Q Public
John Q Public wrote:
why me wrote:Anything new on Pete's retirement?

Me thinks it isn't retirement at all, its a leave of absence. Pete termporarily has had his head down trying to distance himself from what he has written about the guy who has final say as to who will be Chief and Assistant Chief. I'm gonna guess Pete and SBU will be back within a month or two after the Assistant Chiefs are named by Chief Teachman - - that is providing Pete doesn't get one of the coveted spots. But, Uniform Chief Pete Malloy kinda has a ring to it. We'll have to wait and see... :whistle:



Looking forward to the return (soon) of South Bend Undercover!!

Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:40 pm
by Happy Mom
Lt. Norval Williams-long time South Bend Officer Dies

By: Maureen McFadden - Email
Updated: Tue 6:50 PM, Dec 31, 2013

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Lt. Norval Williams-long time South Bend Officer Dies

SOUTH BEND, Ind. South Bend lost one of its truly finest Men In Blue today.

Lt. Norval Williams, a police officer many of you will remember as a fine cop and a true gentlemen. Always ready with a handshake and a smile.

I was introduced to Norval as a kid, when he was just a rookie. My dad, a lawyer, was visiting a client at the police station. We ran into Norval and my dad told me, "This is one of the finest officers you will ever meet." And he was.

Norval served with the South Bend Police Department from 1970 until retiring as a Lieutenant after 27 years in 1997.

He served alonside his brother, John who told me today that Norval had been battling Diabetes and congestive heart failure for a long time and his big heart just quit beating about 2 o'clock this morning..

The brothers served on the force together for about 20 years and John said, "He taught me a lot about what to do, and he taught me what not to do, but he was a good teacher. He taught a lot of the fellows down there. There were some days we didn't see eye to eye on a lot of issues, but I always respected and learned from him. And we (the family) thank God for all the good folks in this town."

After retirement, Norval also briefly served as assistant chief with the St. Joseph County Police Department and also worked security for Oprah Winfrey when she lived in Laporte.

Norval is survived by his wife Sarina and his daughters, Apryl and Tory. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

Funeral arrangements are pending and we will let you know just as soon as they are complete.

Lt. Norval Williams, one of South Bend's finest, dead at 69.
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Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:08 pm
by why me
Pete, where are you? SB Undercover needs to come back!

Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:22 am
by Happy Mom
why me wrote:Pete, where are you? SB Undercover needs to come back!

I agree!!!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:14 pm
by Happy Mom
South Bend cop faces termination again

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:55 pm
By Christian Sheckler South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — For the second time in less than two years, South Bend’s police chief wants to fire an officer who has served two suspensions and been the target of 18 misconduct complaints in his eight-year career with the force.
In a Nov. 7 letter, Chief Ron Teachman told Officer Theo Robert that he intends to fire him for insubordination, publicly ridiculing the department and other violations. Robert is appealing his termination before the city Board of Public Safety and is scheduled for a hearing in December.
In all, Teachman wrote, Robert violated eight separate rules and policies in the department’s duty manual by disobeying orders, speaking to the media and others about police matters without permission, failing to cooperate with internal investigations and failing to behave in a professional and courteous manner.
Since he joined the force in 2006, Robert’s conduct has drawn 18 complaints from both citizens and police officials, Teachman wrote, for such violations as excessive force, sexual advances and harassment of fellow city employees.
On top of those complaints, Robert violated the city’s littering ordinance, Teachman wrote.
In August 2013, the board suspended Robert for 120 days and demoted him after former interim Chief Chuck Hurley recommended that he be fired for interfering with another officer’s case, obstructing an internal investigation and publicly criticizing the department.
Since then, Robert has routinely railed against Teachman, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other city officials before the public safety board and the Common Council, often making claims of racial discrimination. At a June council meeting, he called for Teachman’s ouster.
He also served a 30-day suspension in 2010 for excessive force after he punched a man in the eye while taking him to the county jail.
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Re: SB(PD)Undercover Blog - Read It Often!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:53 pm
by John Q Public
Pete, where art thou?? Come back and explain all this nonsense for those of us not in the know.