Public Safety Department

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Benton Harbor Police Services

The Public Safety department seeks to prevent crime, violence, and fires by educating and building relationships with our community. If you have an emergency please call 911.

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Benton Harbor Fire Services

If you have an emergency please call 911. We provide fire safety, fire prevention and investigation, smoke detector usage, and information to keep our residents safe.

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Benton Harbor Code Compliance

Our combined codes ensure that structures are built safely, property is well maintained, and residents are granted permission for certain activities in a fair and equitable manner.

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City of Benton Harbor

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Community & Economic Development

The Community and Economic Development (CED) department strives to foster a better quality of life for Benton Harbor residents. Learn more about the Vacant Lot Revitalization Purchase Program and the Community Development Block Grant Program.

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City Assessor

Tax assessments are mailed out every year in February. Click below for information on your assessment, tax forms, and to view an assessing calendar. Through the Step Forward Michigan program, you may be eligible for an interest-free loan to assist you with tax payments if you have had a qualifying hardship.

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Announcement Area

New Tip411 Mobile App
The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with an innovative new phone app to help residents better connect with the department in order to share information, view alerts, and submit anonymous tips, all from the convenience of their smartphone.

The app is called Benton Harbor DPS, developed by Citizen Observer, and is available for download for free via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.

Citizens should be aware that this service is for activity within the city of Benton Harbor only. Any tips sent must involve information within the City, not to be confused with Benton Township. However, all local citizens are encouraged to get the app.

> Read more about Tip411

Maps of the proposed road plan for the next three (3) years.

Beginning March 18th, a section of Paw Paw Avenue will be closed.

The City of Benton Harbor will be closing a section of Paw Paw Avenue from north of Waukonda to the Public Works Maintenance garage. This closure will occur on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 8:00 AM and will continue until further notice. This will allow the City to investigate and ultimately repair the failing area of Paw Paw Avenue. During this time, traffic will be routed to North Shore Avenue until Paw Paw Avenue can be repaired and passable for traffic.

Darwin Watson
City Manager

An advisory to the Drinking Water Customers of the City of Benton Harbor

Every three years, the City of Benton Harbor conducts testing of tap water in the City’s homes for lead and copper as required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This summer, we collected water samples from thirty homes. Eight of those homes were above the Action Level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) for lead. The 90th percentile of samples was 22 ppb for lead.

All the Drinking Water Customers of the City of Benton Harbor, please open and read this notice:Public Education Document for Lead and Copper

Read more — COBH Public Advisory

Benton Harbor Free Lead and Copper Testing Results
Lead and Copper Information Sheet
BH Lead and Copper Results for 2018

For more information please view these documents:
Lead Poisoning Prevention BCHD
Lead In Drinking Water (EPA)
Cleaning Your Aerators
Resident Sampling Instructions (Lead and Copper)

Information is also available on the following websites:
MDEQ:  michigan.gov/deqleadpublicadvisory
Berrien County Health Department: bchdmi.org