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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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    "Miles Ahead" Opens in Theaters

    The new movie, Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Oscar-winning actor Don Cheadle, opened nationwide today.  It is currently in local theaters (check local listings).  Miles Ahead is based on the life of jazz artist Miles Davis.  The movie also co-stars Ewan McGregor. What does this have to do with Dayton police history? In August 2014, Cheadle filmed his jail scene at the Dayton Safety Building Jail.  The fourth-floor cell used for the filming appears in this collage imag...  Read More...

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    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...

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    B of I Changes

    While the 1970's brought about changes in the nature and scope of the Bureau of Identification and Crime Lab, the Detective Bureau similarly experienced transformation. In 1975, with the promotion of Captain Gil Thurman to the rank of "major," the "Investigative Bureau" expanded. The new "Investigations Division" split into two distinct bureaus ...   Read More...

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    Early Police Identification

    Early police identification clerks were known as "Bertillon officers" or "Bertillon operators" and logged [anthropometric] measurements on mug shot arrest cards. Bertillon identification was Dayton's first modern criminal record-keeping system. In 1903 civilian Superintendent Frank Withoft was appointed to head the unit but replaced in 1906 by C.W.   Read More...

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    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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    Retired Officer John Heck authors book

    Retired Dayton police officer John Heck authored a book in 2012 that recounts his career in a chronological compilation of 59 short stories.  These accounts begin with 'Big John' being appointed in 1959 and move through the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.  He gives tribute to 68 police officers with whom he served. A February 8, 2012 customer review by William Mann:  "Eye-catching"... "What I enjoyed the most was the comparisons of the family and the police incidents tha...  Read More...

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