Brian F. Benton began his career as a police officer with the Joliet Police Department in 1990. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2000, lieutenant in 2006, Division Commander in 2008, and Chief of Police in 2013. He most recently served as the Investigations Division Commander and previously served as the Quality Assurance and Technical Services Commander.
Benton has had various assignments throughout his career. He has served as a Neighborhood-Oriented Policing officer, tactical officer, undercover narcotics investigator, patrol supervisor, watch commander, and Narcotics and Tactical Unit supervisor. He has served as a team member since 1993 and is currently the Commander of the Department’s Special Operations Squad (SWAT Team). He also served as the Department’s rangemaster until recently.
Benton earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal/Social Justice with highest honors in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration in 2009 both from Lewis University. He has attended various police-related managerial training including the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute of Police (Boston University – 2006), Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (2003), and Critical Incident Command for Supervisors (2004).
Chief Benton has received various honors and awards throughout his career. While working as an undercover narcotics agent, he received the Illinois MEG Directors Award each year from 1997-2000 for outstanding efforts dismantling major drug trafficking organizations. He has also received multiple Awards of Merit for overseeing a federal drug investigation in 2000 and for the implementation of the Department’s Patrol Rifle Program in 2008.
Brian Benton is married and has three children.