Dayton Police Director and Chief Richard S. Biehl was officially sworn into office on January 28, 2008. [View Video of Swearing In Ceremony]
Chief Biehl was selected as Dayton's Police Chief following a broad-based community evaluation process that included input from representatives from Dayton’s seven Priority Boards, the business community, criminal justice agencies, and the community at large.
Chief Biehl has more than 27 years of experience in law enforcement work. He served on the Cincinnati Police Department from 1980 to 2004 in positions including Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and ultimately Assistant Police Chief.
From February of 2004 until his appointment as Dayton's Police Chief, Chief Biehl served as Executive Director of Cincinnati’s Community Police Partnering Center. In this capacity, he facilitated engaging community stakeholders through the Community Problem Oriented Policing (CPOP) program, with a goal of improving neighborhood safety and community-police relations.
“I am pleased and excited that Chief Biehl accepted the position of Director and Chief of the Dayton Police Department,” City Manager Rashad Young said. “Chief Biehl possesses a strong personal belief in the concept of community-based policy, and, more importantly, he has demonstrated his ability to put those community-based policing concepts into practice. He is passionate about developing and nurturing a positive relationship between police departments and the community, which is a high priority for the City Commission as well as the citizens of Dayton.
“During his long career in the law enforcement field, Mr. Biehl has shown that he can implement crime prevention programs in cooperation with citizens and neighborhood groups,” Young added. “His style is clearly one of inclusion and collaboration, both from within the ranks of the police department as well as from the community. His broad experiences as both a front-line law enforcement officer and a top-level manager have helped him identify what works and what does not when it comes to fighting crime in cities. He understands and values the direct role that a dedicated, first-class police department can play in broader neighborhood stability and renewal efforts. By the same token, Mr. Biehl has demonstrated his skill to work across diverse racial, cultural and economic lines to make communities safer. I am confident he will be an excellent fit for the Dayton Police Department and our community.”
Chief Biehl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (937) 333-1080.