The commander of St. Joseph County’s Special Victims Unit is retiring.
Commander Brian Young has served 32 years in law enforcement, all in St. Joseph County. That includes 21 years with the South Bend Police Department, where he retired as a Captain in 2013 before transitioning to the St. Joseph County SVU.
Prosecuting Attorney Ken Cotter: “I have known Brian Young for many years, and I have
tremendous respect for him as a law enforcement officer, investigator, and commander.
Though we are sad to see him go, I respect and understand his decision. Investigating and
seeing the kind of cases handled by the special victims unit on a daily basis can take a vast
emotional toll. I applaud the great work Commander Young has accomplished in his five
years at SVU, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. The next
Commander will have large shoes to fill.”
Brian Young adds: “It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of St. Joseph County for
the past 32 years, and to serve as the SVU Commander for the past 5. Though I leave
behind an immensely satisfying law enforcement career, I have every confidence that the
great men and women of the SVU, under the direction of Prosecutor Cotter, will continue
their great work serving the most vulnerable members of our community.”
He will retire on May 31. His successor has not been chosen yet.