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Welcome to the Bennington County Sheriff's Website

The Bennington County Sheriff's Department has a rich history in Vermont. Originally founded in 1781 by Sheriff Jonas Galusha, the department had no means of funding until 1986 when Gary J. Forrest was appointed Sheriff by Governor Kunin. Bennington County Sheriff's DepartmentThe Sheriff has worked hard to build a department that has deep reaches in the County. In September of 2009, Chad D. Schmidt was sworn in as Sheriff, replacing the retirring Sheriff Gary Forrest. read more..

The Bennington County Sheriff's Department has the largest number of law enforcement officers in the county and the largest facility in Southern Vermont. We have deputies working as School Resource Officers, DARE Officers, DUI Enforcement Officers and Seatbelt Enforcement Officers. We also have a Deputy assigned as an investigator with the States Attorney's Office and a Deputy that works with the Southern Vermont Drug Taskforce. The department has come a long way since 1781.

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Our Mission Statement

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History of the Bennington County Sheriff's Department Bennington County Sheriff's Department History To defend freedom by preserving life and property, protecting the constitutional rights of individuals, maintaining order and encouraging respect for the rule of law by the proper enforcement thereof.

To earn the respect of all individuals by maintaining a knowledgeable, responsive, well-trained and accountable work force that discharges their duties and responsibilities with evidence of fairness, tolerance and equality.

To reduce the opportunity for the commission of crime by implementing effective crime prevention strategies, fully investigating crimes when they occur and expeditiously apprehending criminal offenders.

To recognize, address and resolve the root causes of community problems and concerns in concert with national, state, and local citizen groups and elected representatives through the use of community oriented policing strategies.

To strive in building collaborative relationships with other law enforcement agencies in an effort to better serve our community.

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