Assistant Chief of Police & Chief of Operations

Assistant Chief of Police - Chief of Operations

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 Executive program. 

Patrol Operation Divisions

Patrol 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 service.

Calls are routed to one of three Police Operations Divisions (PODs), based on geographic location.
Police Divisions map