Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper is the Assistant Chief of the Dayton
Police Department in charge of Operations. Carper has been with the
Dayton Police Department since graduating the Dayton Police Academy in
1992, and served as a patrol officer in the Second District as well as
an appointment to the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).
In January of 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and had
various assignments including: Fifth District, Strike Force Unit, Drug
Unit and Acting Watch Commander. In June of 2003, Carper was promoted to
the rank of Lieutenant and served as Commander of the Central Business
District, Narcotics Bureau, and Professional Standards Bureau. In 2012,
he was promoted to the rank of Major and served as the West Patrol
Operations Division Superintendent. In February of 2016, Assistant Chief
Carper was named the Chief of Operations, which oversees the three
patrol operations divisions. In August of 2016, he was promoted to the
rank of Lt. Col., and maintains his assignment as Assistant Chief of
Police and Chief of Operations.
Lt. Col. Carper has received numerous citations and commendations. He
holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and completed the Police
Executive Leadership College, as well as the Certified Law Enforcement
Patrol Operation Divisions
Operations provide the majority of police interaction with the public.
This division is comprised of the men and women who daily serve the
public by patrolling Dayton’s streets and responding to calls for
Calls are routed to one of three Police Operations Divisions (PODs), based on geographic location.