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South Bend police officials talk stopping crime in the area

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The South Bend Police Department has investigated five murders in the first quarter of this year. The death of two-year old John Swoveland Jr. this past week is not included. As these violent crimes occur, the South Bend Police Department wants it to be known that it is not because of a lack of effort on their part.  

"The appearance is everyone can point the finger at the police and ask what we're doing. Well, we're doing all we can," Uniform Division Chief for the South Bend Police Department Scott Ruszkowski said. "We work for the people. We work with the people. It'd sure be nice to have the people helping us out a little bit more." 

Police officials stress that the community must play a larger part in reducing crime in the area. South Bend Police Chief Ronald Teachman says that there are indicators that a crime might happen and it is important that any information be given to the police.  

"The firearms that were used, that may have been involved in the loss of this young child, people knew about those guns and possibly being in the hands of the wrong people," Teachman said. "We needed a phone call before this happened." 

Teachman says it is important that people contact the police and one way to do that is through the Crime Stoppers hotline. That number is 574-288-STOP. He wants to remind the community that all calls are anonymous and confidential. This is a way to help stop violent acts. "Enough is enough. I can't be any more blunt than that. It's got to stop," Ruszkowski said. 

Teachman and Ruszkowski both stress that despite the efforts of the police department; they need the cooperation of the South Bend area in order to stop a murder or violent crime from happening in the first place.  

"To come in after the fact and say this has got to end, do it now," Ruszkowski said. "Parents be responsible. Neighbors be responsible. Everybody pitches in just a little bit and these things will stop."

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