Chief of Police

Kamran Afzal is the Director and Chief of Police.

He came to Dayton in December 2021 with 30 years of law enforcement experience.


Chief Afzal began his law enforcement career with the U.S. Capitol Police in 1991 and later joined the Arlington County Police Department in 1993.

He spent 24 years with Arlington County, 12 of those as a member of their Command Staff. He oversaw Community Policing, Special Operations, and Human Resources - Support Management. Chief Afzal spearheaded the operation of Personnel and Recruiting, Career Development, and the Training Unit and managed projects ranging from a collective effort to reduce the impact of sexual abuse against children, implementing a traffic safety red right photo enforcement program, acquisition and launch of in-car cameras, and overseeing grants.

In 2017, Chief Afzal was chosen to head the Durango Police Department in Colorado, a position he held until December of 2018.

In January 2019, he began serving as Chief of the Hopewell, Virginia Police Department. There he prioritized input from internal and external stakeholders by making it part of department policy. Chief Afzal also made transparency with the community a priority by working with residents and stakeholders to have input with internal policy and procedures.


Chief Afzal has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from George Mason University in Virginia and a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from Troy University in Alabama. He is a Certified Public Manager and attended the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, and the Professional Executive Leadership School.


Chief Afzal was born in Pakistan and when he was 15 immigrated to the United States with his parents. He is married and has two children. He previously served on numerous boards for educational, community, and social justice organizations. In his free time, Chief Afzal enjoys biking, golfing, and being outdoors.