Keeping a community safe for the residents is always a priority for any police department. Fort Benton’s Police Department is no different. With a full time complement of 4 officers, counting the Chief of Police, the department works toward providing a level of security and safety equal to that of any larger city.
Fort Benton’s P.D., like many other police departments, must wear several hats while on duty. Along with the daily patrol duties they must also provide animal control, traffic control during funerals and parades and most recently they have partnered up with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to provide a control mechanism for the numerous deer found around the city deemed as a public nuisance.
The remodeled area for the police department offers more work space for the officers. The area is well lit and bright. There is also two interview areas that allow for more privacy for individuals who are giving statements. In the rear there is a area for the officers to conduct training in.
Established around the time Fort Benton became a city, the Fort Benton Volunteer Fire Department has provided the citizens of Fort Benton protection against fire. The original fire hall is located on Front Street near the old bridge and now serves as the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. The cities first horse drawn fire engine is on display there during the summer when the visitor center is open.
Today the fire department is equipped with up to date equipment. Training is always ongoing so the skills of the firemen are kept sharp and up to date. The fire department also serves the rural area surrounding Fort Benton. In addition to the trucks used for fire suppression in the city the fire department is also equipped with brush trucks and tankers for wild land fire suppression.