DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Dayton Unit NAACP set expectations Friday for what they’d like out of the city’s search for its next police chief.
Leaders from the organization said at a news conference that they hope the city conducts a fair and impartial national search for the Dayton Police Departments next chief. They also called for an end to what they called “systemic over-policing and incarceration of people of color.”
The group also asked for the next chief to work on building strong bonds with the Dayton community.
“The next chief must be committed to implementing the more than 140 recommendations as outlined by the five police reform groups that the city assembled,” said Dr. Derrick L. Foward, president of the Dayton Unit NAACP.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl retired two weeks ago after more than 13 years of service in that role. Lt. Col. Matt Carper is serving the department as interim chief while the search is conducted.
Foward also said in a statement that the next police chief should built a positive rapport with students.
It would be beneficial for the Dayton community if our next police chief built a positive rapport and worked to increase police presence in Dayton Public Schools especially the high schools. This would include coming into the schools at least quarterly to bond and/or foster a positive experience for our students, as many of our students have only had negative experiences with police officers. Therefore, many students have a negative perception of law enforcement. This would be an excellent opportunity to change this perception. It would also create an atmosphere to let students know the importance of policing and how it can lead to a rewarding career in law enforcement. Let the students know on a continual basis that they can be the change they so desire to see.Dr. Derrick L. Foward, president of the Dayton Unit NAACP.