There are now more men in blue ready to patrol the streets of South Bend.
Four new recruits were sworn in to the city's police department Monday morning.
The men are now officially police officers, but must undergo more training before they hit the streets.
Uniform Chief Darryl Boykins, for the South Bend Police said, "There is such a process that only a few will get through that system, get through the checks and balances to get to be law enforcement. It's kind of a tough process, but we do that to make sure we get good law enforcement officers."
Many of the departments’ officers have reached retirement age.
A steady stream of recruits is needed to keep the force at a strong level.