Chief of Police

Chief Matt Carper is currently the interim Director and Chief of Police.  

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 maintained his assignment as Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Operations. In March of 2019, Carper was appointed Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police.


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 Executive program.

Department AWARDS

Over the past decade, the Dayton Police Department has received recognition as a finalist for the 2010 and 2011 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing and as well as receiving the 2011 Ohio Crime Prevention Association’s Special Project Award.
The Dayton Police Department won the IACP-Cisco International Community Policing Award twice, in 2011 and in 2015 for the Urban High School Disorder Reduction Program and the Downtown Engagement Project respectively. In 2018, the Dayton Police Department's Neighborhood Assistance Officers program won the IACP Leadership in Volunteer Police Service Program Award.