Austin BentonLieutenant (Special Operations)
Lieutenant Austin Benton joined the Lawton Police Department on March 21st 2011. He spent his first 4 years in patrol, primarily working midnights on Adam Team. He then was selected for Special Operations where he spent 2 years investigating Narcotics and Vice Crimes. He then transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division on October 30th 2017, where he investigated Persons Crimes. In May of 2019 Lt. Benton gained the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Benton served on Bravo Team as Lieutenant until September of 2020 when he became the Lieutenant over Special Operations.
Lt. Benton is one of the departments Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Investigators and also handles the digital forensics for the department. He is a member of the department’s Tactical Team, where he currently serves as one of the department Snipers and Less Lethal Instructors, and is also a member of the department’s Dive Team.
Lt. Benton is a CLEET Instructor and teaches several classes for the Police Academy. Prior to joining the Lawton Police Department, he attended the US Coast Guard Academy, and received his Associate’s Degree in Engineering from Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut. Lt. Benton worked as a Correctional Officer for 3 years at Lawton Correctional Facility.