Benton Police Department

  • Agency: Benton Police Department
  • Address: 500 West Main Street, Benton, 62812 IL
  • Chief: Michael Andrews (Chief of Police)
Phone: 618-435-8131

Benton Police Department is located at 500 West Main Street, Benton, 62812 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael Andrews. The Benton Police Department phone number is 618-435-8131.

Benton Police Department News

Benton Police Arrest Report

Benton Police Arrest Report

UPDATE: The suspect in the armed robbery at State Bank of Whittington in Benton on 7/26/18 has been identified as Arthur W. Bays, age 81, of Marion, IL. Bays was taken in to custody without incident at his residence in the 1100 Block of West Main Street in Marion, IL this afternoon. A joint effort by the Benton, West City, West Frankfort, Marion, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, FBI along with numerous tips called in by the public allowed for a swift resolution of the incident. Bays is currently being held in the Williamson County Jail pending federal charges.

A suspect has been taken into custody without incident! Further details will be listed at a later time as the investigation is still ongoing.

On 7/26/18 at approximately 9:11 a.m. The Benton Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at State Bank of Whittington located at 200 N. Main Street. The suspect is described as a white male, approx. 70 years of age with white “goatee” style facial hair, wearing glasses, black & white ball cap, black jacket, and blue jeans. The suspect displayed a handgun in his waistband and demanded money from the bank teller. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. No injuries were reported. The suspect fled the scene in a silver Chevrolet Cruze. The Benton, West City, West Frankfort Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and FBI continue to investigate. Photographs have been attached and we’re asking for the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect. Please contact the Benton Police Dispatch at 618-435-8131 with any information. If you see the suspect, please do not approach, call 911.

Benton Police Dept. Arrest Report

PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Benton Illinois is now accepting applications for the position of probationary police officer. The testing process will consist of an orientation, written exam, physical ability test, and oral interview. The testing will create an eligibility list from which future openings to the police department will be filled. The eligibility list will be effective for 2 years from the date of final posting. If called from the eligibility list, the applicant must successfully pass a complete background investigation, polygraph test, in-depth psychological examination, and thorough medical examination with drug screening prior to employment. Applications may be obtained at the office of the City Clerk, City of Benton, 1403 South Main Street, PO Box 640, Benton Illinois 62812. Telephone number is 618-439-6131. Applications may be picked up between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Deadline for submission of a completed application packet is 4:00 PM, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The testing date for the orientation session, written exam and physical ability test will be Saturday, June 23, 2018. John D Aiken, Chairman Board of Fire and Police Commissioners City of Benton, Illinois

Investigators Mike Andrews & Chris Funkhouser were given the opportunity to discuss safety tips with staff at Helia Healthcare in Benton on Tuesday. We are always eager to participate in training events in our community! Thanks to Helia for the invite!

Trick or Treat will be held on October 28th from 4 pm to 8 pm. We have free reflective trick or treat bags available at the police department. Have a fun & safe Halloween and be sure to stop by our tent on the square for a free glow stick at Fall Fest!

We are grateful for the continued support of “Ranger”. We recently received a donation of $1,000 for the purchase of a bulletproof vest for our canine officer. Thank you to our local resident for your generosity and vested interest in Ranger’s safety and success.

We will be out at Franklin Hospital tomorrow from 10am-2pm for their Back to School Party! We would love for you to stop by & see us!

About 8 months ago the Benton Police Department and community it serves joined efforts to start a Police K9 Unit for the City of Benton. Since that time an outpouring of support has come about through donations from all over the Southern Illinois Region. Through those donations along with the public’s support of fundraisers we’ve conducted, we are proud to announce the addition of “Ranger”, Benton Police Department’s first police canine. Ranger is a 2 year old Malinois purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels. Ranger and his handler will soon be patrolling the streets after completing a 10 week K9 Academy in Charleston, IL.

Pictured Above from Left: Public Safety Commissioner Don Storey, Chief of Police Kyle Melvin, Benton Elks Exalted Ruler Scott Rice, & Benton Elks Lodge Secretary Coy Cockrum. Today the Benton Police Department was presented with a $2,000.00 donation from the Benton Elks Lodge for the department’s implementation of a K9 Unit. Thank you to Scott Rice, Coy Cockrum and the Elks Lodge for your generosity and commitment to helping our community.