Chief of Police

Chief Richard S. Biehl joined the Dayton Police Department as Director and Chief in January of 2008 after serving as Executive Director of Cincinnati's Community Police Partnering Center. He has more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement work.


Chief Biehl served nearly 25 years in the Cincinnati Police Department in positions including Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and ultimately Assistant Police Chief for six years. He commanded both the Investigations Bureau and the Administration Bureau.

In February, 2004, he was appointed as the first Executive Director of the Community Police Partnering Center, a private nonprofit organization created in the aftermath of the civil unrest of 2001 and that worked in partnership with the Cincinnati Police Department to train community stakeholders in problem solving methodologies to address community crime and disorder problems. In 2006, Chief Biehl led the implementation of CeaseFire Cincinnati, a neighborhood gun violence reduction initiative using a public health approach for violence reduction modeled after CeaseFire Chicago.

As Police Chief for the Dayton Police Department, Chief Biehl partnered with the Trotwood Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to support the community in the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV), a gun violence reduction initiative modeled after the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence.

Chief Biehl has been a true civil rights champion, particularly in relation to his minority and immigrant friendly policing policies and practices. Community and business members agree that his focus on community policing policies has resulted in greater trust between law enforcement officers and the community as a whole.


Under his leadership, 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. In addition, Chief Biehl was the 2011 recipient of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Michael Kelly Excellence and Innovation in Policing 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. Chief Biehl was also the recipient of the 2014 Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau Ambassadors Award for bringing the International Problem Oriented Policing Conference to Dayton in October, 2013.