A dedicated law enforcement officer with more than 28 years in a full gamut of law enforcement duties, Lt. John Benner, retired Aug. 31, from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office as the judicial services commander.
Benner started his law enforcement career in 1993 with the FCSO as a patrol officer and worked his way up through the ranks, pinning on the rank of lieutenant in 2018. Benner had a very diverse career that included, patrol operations, school resource officer, community services, training, SWAT, sniper and judicial services.
“I have had the chance to work closely with Lt. Benner as we worked together as commanders on SWAT, as firearms instructors, and in training classes,” said Capt. Jason Null, FCSO Special Operations commander. “I have enjoyed working with him in all of these different roles and wish him the best of luck in his future.”
His most significant accomplishments include being a part of the first-ever and still on-going FCSO School Resource Officer Program; becoming an Active Shooter Response instructor soon after the Columbine shooting; and working in training where he supervised, coordinated and planned training for the entire FCSO agency, to include coordinating and supervising in-service and firearms training.
Benner researched, developed or conducted training on Excited Delirium, Suicide by Cop, Low Light Firearms Techniques, Force-on-Force/Scenario training, and Suicide Bomber Prevention and Response, among many other topics. He was the 2008 Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions/FCSO Instructor of the Year and completed the Force Science Institute Certification course. Additionally, Benner was an active member of the FCSO SWAT team from 1998-2018 and was the sniper team leader.
In March 2004, Benner intervened in an active-shooter incident where he chased down and stopped a suspect on his way to a crowded bar with a loaded gun. For his actions, Lt. Benner received the FCSO Deputy of the Year and Valor Awards, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association Deputy of the Year for Valor, the National Sheriff’s Association Valor Award, and the Maryland State Police Certificate of Valor.
Benner is a graduate of the 1994 Frederick Police Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University.
“I was happy to be called to a career in law enforcement and honored to serve the citizens of Frederick County,” said Benner. “I have been fortunate to serve along the dedicated and professional men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. I wish them all the best as they continue to help make Frederick County a great place to live and work.”
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