Pokagon police substation opens in South Bend

Published: Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:47 PM EST
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On Monday a new police station opened in South Bend.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Police substation will employ 12 officers.

This, ahead of the grand opening of the new Four Winds Casino South Bend, slated to open early next year.

The tribal police have been working together with St. Joseph County and South Bend Police.

"Security is security. We are law enforcement and therefore we are trained just as any other law enforcement agency. We have to go through fire arms we have to go through defensive tactics, emergency driving. We do the same training that any other police agency does," says Chief William Lux of the Pokagon Tribal Police.

The tribal police went through training with St. Joseph county police to understand Indiana law and vice versa.

They are waiting to finalize an agreement with South Bend Police.

Their main headquarters is in Dowagiac, with two other substations in New Buffalo and Watervliet.