The Detective Division investigate crimes that have been reported to the Benton Police Department that did not result in an immediate arrest.  They follow up on cases that are to be prosecuted and continue the investigation prior to presenting the case and charges to the District Attorney's Office. They are responsible for the follow-up investigations of offenses reported by patrol, conducting the follow-up investigation of other serious offenses and communicating with other law enforcement agencies to exchange information pertinent to criminal activity. Providing crime scene search and photographic services to all divisions and the management of evidence.

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Welcome to Benton Arkansas' SIU


The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is committed to promoting and maintaining community confidence in the City of Benton.  The mission of SIU is to conduct independent, thorough and objective investigations within the City of Benton Arkansas.


The Special Investigations Unit is responsible for conducting criminal investigations into the following, but not limited to:

  • Narcotics violations (Investigations ranging from simple possession to pharmaceutical drug diversions)
  • Street level narcotics distribution
  • Vice crimes
  • Chronic neighborhood crimes (as deemed appropriate)


The Special Investigations Unit handles investigations that are short term in nature involving little time and expenditure of resources to those involving many agencies and outside resources.  The City of Benton Police Department SIU has established excellent working relationships with local, state and federal agencies.


The Special Investigations Unit operates with strict confidentiality and offers the public the ability to report suspicious activity "drug activity" etc., through an anonymous tips line (315-TIPS) or by speaking directly with an investigator at (776-5948).

The Benton Police department is proud to support the Arkansas Drug Takeback Inititave. Visit for more information.


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Combating Prescription Drug Abuse 2012

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Marijuana Legalization: The Issues

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A Perspective on the Use of Bath Salts

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Patrol operations are divided into five districts. The districts are managed by officers that work 12-hour day and night shifts. These patrol officers respond to the community’s calls for service, enforce traffic and criminal laws, address community needs and initiate actions based on their own observations.

Patrol is the backbone of the police organization. The police department uses foot patrol, one- and two-officer cars, undercover cars, and segways to patrol Benton.

The patrol division operates on the community-policing model in which input from the community is vital to determining policing strategies. Officers attend community meetings to interact with the residents and address their concerns regarding law enforcement. The patrol division provides the initial response to calls for service from the public. Patrol officers are responsible for the prevention of crime, enforcement of all laws, the arrest and prosecution of criminals and the protection of life and property.

The patrol division is also responsible for traffic and crowd control at all the major parades and events in the Town.

In addition to daily patrol functions, the officers must also frequently attend court for misdemeanor and felony cases.

Town parks are heavily patrolled by the district officers to reduce the problems officers normally encounter each summer season. The goal is to reduce the problems of disorderly youths, criminal mischief, fights, drug activities and bike thefts to make our parks safe for family activities throughout the summer.


A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.


The Support Services Division of the Benton Police Department serves a vital role of the function of our department.  Support Services encompasses the following divisions:



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