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Health and Safety

Sheriff's Department / Jail

The Benton Sheriff's Department in Fowler Indiana serves approximately 8,700 residents of Benton County Indiana and covers 412 square miles. The Benton County Sheriff’s Department operates and maintains an enhanced 911 system and operates a 24 hour, multi-agency and county wide dispatching center. The Sheriff’s Department also secures and houses county jail inmates. Our present facility was opened in 1997 with a capacity of 43, not including holding cells. The Benton County Indiana Sheriff's Department is devoted to ensuring the safety of our community and those visiting or just passing through.


105 S Lincoln Avenue Fowler, IN 47944


Monday - Friday
8:30 am to 4:00 pm EST
Closed on major holidays


Emergency: 911


PH: (765) 884-0080 
Opt. 1 -  jail
Opt. 2 - admin/dispatch

Fax: (765) 252-1782



Indiana State Police Lafayette Post: (800) 382-7537

Department of Child Services Hotline: (800) 800-5556

Lafayette Area Road Information: (800) 261-7627

Lafayette Crisis Center: (765) 742-0244

Indiana State Road Information: (800) 261-7623

Crisis Center Teen Line: (765) 423-1872

Indiana Poison Center: (800) 222-1222

Adult Protective Services: (765) 420-1587YWCA (24 Hour Hot Line) – 

Emergency Shelter for women and children in crisis: (888) 345-1118

YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program: (765) 345-4486


  • Each inmate may be allowed ONE (1) 30 minute or TWO (2) 15 minute visitations every SEVEN (7) days.

  • Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. If they are not scheduled 24 hours in advance the visit will not happen.

  • Inmates may have visits between the hours of 7:30am until 10:30am, 11:30am until 3:30pm, and then from 4:30pm until 9:30pm. The times are to account for meal times and then half an hour prior to nightly lockdown. 

    To schedule visits call 1-866-340-7879 or go to


Taken daily until 10pm


Accident report: $8.00

Accident report with photos: $10.00



Note:  After you complete Step 1, you will have only 90 days to complete Steps 2 and 3. Once all steps are completed, your application will be electronically transmitted to ISP for final review.

If your aplication is approved, your permit will be sent to you via U.S. Mail.

If your application is rejected, you will be notified via U.S. Mail and will receive instructions on how to file an appeal. (

Step 1: Complete a Handgun License Application online at the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal:

Step 2:  Schedule an appointment to submit your fingerprints electronically at a location convenient to you. Fingerprints for gun permits are no longer done at the Sheriff's Office https//

Step 3: Complete the final step in the application process within 90 days.

  • Hours Monday-Friday bring your Handgun License Application Number, State Issued Photo ID and Local fee payment

  • Persons appying for a gun permit must reside in rural Benton County.

  • Any persons living within a city or town limit must apply with their local police department.

  • Wait at least 48 hours after your fingerprint session has been completed before contacting the Sheriff's Office. you should receive an email from IndentoGo that your fingerprints are attached and ready.

Note:  Your application WILL EXPIRE 90 days after you submit the application online. If your application expires, you  must update your status by signing in to the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal and following the prompts for duplicate/status update

Licensing Fees:

Local Fee- Cash, Check, or Money Order
State Fee- pay online to the State of Indiana
Fingerprint Fee- Pay online directly to IndentoGo

Refunds- Some portions of the application fee are refundable if the application is denied. The entire state fee is refundable if no license if issued.  

View the Licensing Fees for more information


Effective July 1, 2020 the five-year license to carry a handgun (LTCH) will become fee exempt, per IC 35-47-2-4. The five-year and lifetime LTCH may be applied for and held concurrently.

The five-year LTCH will NOT qualify as an alternative to the NICS background check requirement.  The language is in place in the statute to create the groundwork needed for the NICS exemption however the NICS check is governed Federally. Only the ATF can certify the five-year LTCH  to qualify as an alternative to the NICS requirements. Currently there is no additional information on if or when the Indiana five-year LTCH may become an alternative to the NICS background check.


SHERIFF'S SALE INFORMATION: For information on Sheriff's sales, contact SRI Services:
Mon-Friday, 8am-5pm
Fax: 317-842-5948

The Benton County Sheriff's Department holds regular Sheriff's Sales on county properties.Notices are published in the Benton Review on Wednesdays. All Sheriff Sales are at 10:00 A.M. on the stated date in the Benton County Sheriff’s Department.Legal descriptions are posted in the Benton Review Newspaper and posted at the North Entrance of the Benton County Courthouse. The Sheriffs' Department does not warrant the accuracy of the street address published on the Notice of Sheriff Sale.


You must be present in order to bid on any propertyThe Bank will start the bidding and verbal bidding will follow.Do not bid if you are unsure about the property.It is the bidder's responsibility to find out if taxes are due.Property taxes are paid by the buyer in the Treasurers' Office after the sale.Bank certified checks (guaranteed funds) for the full amount of the bid are due in the Sheriffs' Office by 2:00 P.M. on the same day as the sale. Defendant(s) are supposed to be out by 10:00 A.M. on the day of the sale.
If the defendant(s) are still in the property at the time of the sale, the buyer will need to file for an Order of Eviction in the court of said action.


Applications, Permits, and Zoning


John K Cox, Sheriff 

Ethan Deno, Deputy

Derek Fuehrer, Deputy 

Brayden Ely, Deputy  

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