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    1966 West Dayton Riots

    50 Years ago today, the city and its police force experienced the third day of rioting in West Dayton, a riot that began on September 1, 1966.  This was a major incident in local law enforcement history and the third time in which the military had to be called in to assist officers in protecting the community (1913 and 1948 the other two).  The Dayton Daily News will begin a three-part series in the Sunday print edition called "Lasting Scars: The 1966 West Dayton riot."  ...  Read More...

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    Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial

    By attending the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016, citizens can best observe local police history and honor the true heroes of our community… law enforcement officers who lives were sacrificed in the line of duty.  This year’s service is held under cover of the Riverscape Palladium. Two officers who died in earlier years are being added to the MCLEM Fallen Roll:  Germantown PD Sgt. Robert Woods (end of watch 1976), who died while on a dome...  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 kids by acts of heroism as well as entertained, encouraged and profoundly influenced our children’s lives.  Adults are intrigued when they discover why Dayton police rightly prides itself in the many ways by which it has been at the cutting edge of the law enforcement profession on statewide, national and even worldwide stages.  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.  It tells 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.