We, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, are committed to providing the highest quality law enforcement services to the people who live, work and visit our County. Our citizens will recognize the Benton County Sheriff’s Office as a progressive leader and trusted community partner with a solid reputation for respecting and protecting individual rights while aggressively pursuing criminals and enforcing the law.
The Mission of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is to safeguard life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, enforce the law, and protect the rights of all citizens. All members of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are committed to working in partnership with our community, to identify and resolve issues that impact public safety.
The sheriff's office is located in the Benton County Justice Center at 7122 W. Okanogan Place, Bldg. B, Kennewick, Washington 99336. The sheriff's office also maintains a business office in the Prosser courthouse and unmanned substations in Prosser and Benton City.
The current population of Benton County is approximately 172,900 with about 35,495 people residing in unincorporated areas. The county covers 1722 square miles, which includes the 420 square miles encompassing the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
The sheriff's office is comprised of 217 full time employees, of which 210 are civil service positions and 6 appointed staff positions. The sheriff's office also maintains a force of 11 volunteer reserve deputies.
In addition to providing services to the residents of Benton County, the sheriff's office provides basic law enforcement services to Benton City and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
You may contact the following individuals by email:
Sheriff: Steven Keane
Undersheriff: Jerry Hatcher
Administrative Assistant: Julie Thompson
Bureau of Corrections: Commander Jon Law
Bureau of Law Enforcement: Captain Clay Vannoy
Corrections Medical: Lieutenant Joshua Shelton
Civil Division: Lieutenant Ruth Plummer
For Public Records Requests: BCSO Public Disclosure
For 2015 Citizen's Academy Application: Citizen's Academy
2015 Citizen's Academy Press Release: Press Release