• K-9 “Benton” is a black Labrador that has been in service with the Benton Police Department since March of 2009. Trained solely in narcotics detection, K-9 “Benton” is certified to detect the odors of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. “Benton” is handled by Officer Begoon, and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division, where he has been instrumental in the seizure of large amounts of illicit drugs, several thousand dollars in drug proceeds, and assisted in the service of several narcotics search warrants.
• K-9 “Honor” is a Belgian Malinois that has been in service with the Benton Police Department since June of 2010. “Honor” is trained in patrol operations that consist of criminal apprehension, handler protection, prisoner escorts, article recovery, tracking, and building searches, and he is also trained in narcotics detection and certified to detect the odors of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.
“Honor” is handled by Detective Beck, and is currently assigned to the Special Investigations Unit, where he recently transferred from the patrol division. Honor has been instrumental in several narcotic seizures, over $50,000 in drug proceeds, and he has assisted with the safe apprehension of several violent felons.
In addition to their duties as K-9 handlers, the three K-9 Teams make up the department’s Benton Interstate Criminal Enforcement Patrol, or BICEP Team. These officers are specially trained to conduct high volume, professional traffic stops to seek out and arrest felony suspects traveling on Interstate 30, which runs through the heart of the City of Benton. Enforcing crimes ranging from interstate narcotics smuggling, stolen vehicles, human smuggling and human trafficking operations, wanted fugitives, as well as traveling identity theft and shoplifting rings, the BICEP Team focuses on all aspects of criminal law. Officers on the BICEP Team provide an increase in marked patrol unit presence on the interstate throughout the city, and often assist stranded motorists with changing tires as well as assisting State Police Troopers with collision investigations on I-30. Members of the BICEP Team have been responsible for the location and recovery of several stolen vehicles and stolen license plates, location and recovery of recently stolen property, arrest of numerous wanted fugitives from Arkansas as well as across the country, the identification and arrest of nationwide organized shoplifting and identity theft rings, the identification and arrest of individuals involved in international human smuggling operations, and the seizure of hundreds of pounds of illicit drugs traveling the interstate highway through our City. BICEP Team members have also been directly responsible for catching individuals that had just committed serious felonious crimes within the city, and then attempted to flee on the interstate.