PLYMPTON — The Plympton Police Department is pleased to announce that Scott D. Benton has begun his new role as Interim Police Chief.
Chief Benton, who most recently served as Chief of Police in Whitman, assumed the role on Friday, Oct. 15. He brings with him a 33-year career in law enforcement.
Chief Benton grew up in Whitman and graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in 1982. He studied law enforcement at Massasoit Community College and holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Western New England College. In 2014, he earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from Curry College.
Throughout the years, Chief Benton fulfilled several roles and responsibilities for the Whitman Police Department, including: sergeant, detective, shift supervisor, evidence officer, 911 coordinator, liquor license inspection agent, police prosecutor and deputy chief.
He retired as Chief of the Whitman Police on Sept. 16, 2019.
Chief Benton also served as the Town of Whitman’s first DARE officer, as a control chief for the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) Motorcycle Operations Patrol Unit, on the Plymouth County Police Chief’s Drug Task Force, was a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and was deputy director of security for the Whitman Emergency Management Agency.
He also spent roughly 10 years as a police supervisor for more than 100 sporting and entertainment events at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
One of his favorite highlights of his career was when he attended the FBI National Academy in 2009.
“I am excited to be joining the Plympton Police Department as the Interim Chief today,” Chief Benton said. “Through my years of experience I know that any successful department relies on the cooperation and passion of an entire team of supervisors, officers and support staff. I am looking forward to working with the members of the department as we serve the residents of Plympton.”
Chief Benton assumes his new role following the departure of Chief Matthew Clancy, who recently took another job out of state.