• The 1913 Great Dayton Flood

    The 1913 Great Dayton Flood - 103 years ago the icy, turbulently flowing river overwhelmed the levees. Overwhelmed as well was a police force that had been significantly reduced in size three months earlier. In addition to deficiencies in manpower, the locations of Dayton's police facilities were problematic.   Read More...

  • Cook Gang

    In the first decade of the 20th Century, Dayton police had to deal with a the dangerous Cook gang of thieves and ruffians which had victimized Dayton-Springfield for years. In November 1902, a notorious killing was committed by one of the gang members, Charles "Dayton Slim" Stimmel, when he shot a clerk at a feed store on Wayne Avenue near Fourth Street. After the murder, he and his suspected accomplice, girlfriend Rose (Cook) Shafor, fled to Springfield and then further away.   Read More...

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Welcome to our new home for the Dayton Police History Foundation website.

Please take time to browse our site to learn more about Dayton law enforcement, the profession that stirs the imagination of children and adults alike! Over decades, local police officers have thrilled our kids by acts of heroism as well as entertained, encouraged and profoundly influenced our children’s lives. Adults will be intrigued when they discovered why Dayton police rightly prides itself in the many ways by which it has been at the cutting edge of the statewide, national and even international law enforcement profession. You will, too, as you patrol our website.

The legacy of local policing embodies Dayton’s rich history.It is more than a single event or a special moment in time. Law enforcement captures the unfolding of past years forward in this community we proudly call Dayton, Ohio. Join us in the adventure.

Drenched Uniforms and Battered Badges - How Dayton Police Emerged from the 1913 Flood recounts the role of Dayton lawmen during one of the nation's worst natural catastrophes, Ohio's Great Flood; how the police persevered against the terrible force of nature; and how law enforcement pressed forward in its aftermath. 

As the levees were breached 136 patrolmen, at great personal peril, rescued and aided the citizens of Dayton. Police officers acted on their own instincts in the first few days because they were in the field without lines of communication, transportation or supervision. The story describes the measures taken by those on the front line to safeguard the city of Dayton at the time of its greatest natural disaster. 

This commemorative book, written for the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood, includes more than 70 flood and police pictures, photographs of 25 patrol men and unique images of police artifacts from the period.  Drenched Uniforms and Battered Badges is available online at www.amazon.com. 

All proceeds support the efforts of Dayton Police History Foundation to preserve the legacy of  local law enforcement.