2016 Annual Report

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The Benton Police Department began 2015 to achieve ten goals. Those goals were substantially accomplished. In addition to these goals the following are reported:

  • Communications Improvements- AWIN Dispatch equipment and ATT and computer software has been upgraded. Operators answered 57,125 calls for service in 2015, up 1.5% compared to 2014. A total of 45432 calls were for the Benton Police Department.
  • Statistics - Reporting of the NIBRS crime statistics showed violent crime in the City of Benton, Up 9.09% and property crime down -5.30%. The NIBRS reporting covers all the crime categories, and showed a total decrease of crime in the City of Benton in 2015 down -4.23% compared to 2014 totals.
  • Training -The Benton Police officers 10,836 training hours. Supervisors received a total of 758 hours of supervision training. Communication training hours amounted to 912 hours with 168 supervision hours.
  • Records -The records division processed 35,170 reports (up +6.4% from 2014).We had a decrease in collections of -2.47% for a total $221,038.95 in 2015, compared to 2014.
  • Special Investigative Unit - In 2015, the unit seized $6,896,545.59 in drugs from the streets of Benton in Saline County. They arrested 312 persons on a total of 660 drug related charges. The unit seized 44 weapons, along with 9 vehicles for forfeiture.


The Benton Police Department will seek to achieve 10 goals. These goals are as follows:

  1. Continued enhanced solvability of crimes committed through pro-active investigation.
  2. Continued enhanced supervision training for departmental supervisors.
  3. Continued updating of departmental policy manual and apply to electronic format.
  4. Continued enhanced First Aid Trauma training and equipment, CPR certification, and Naloxone training for all officers.
  5. Continued scheduled improvements as planned by the passage of the Public Safety Tax.
  6. Implement improvements in patrol division operations.
  7. Continued effort in monthly enforcement and community policing projects.
  8. Develop and administer firearm safety program in our schools and to the citizens.
  9. Physical improvements to the front of the Police Department.
  10. Training improvements in the area of Child Death Investigation and response to Missing Person Reports.

 Respectfully Submitted,


Chief of Police