Chief explains law enforcement responsibility during stay-at-home order
Police Chief Richard Biehl has issued the following statement on how the Dayton Police Department will operate in the realm of the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health:
The Dayton Police Department wants to assure citizens that we continue to respond to calls for service as we protect and serve the public. As always, citizen calls for public safety services are prioritized, and some can be handled via our telephone reporting unit or
We are looking for and expecting voluntary compliance to the stay-at-home order. The vast majority of our citizens comply with the law when they understand the law. There are a number of good answers to many questions on the Ohio Department of Health website
If people are not using appropriate judgment under the stay-at-home order, our department and our officers will advise them on how to properly adhere to these new safety requirements.
Should there be egregious violations or repeat violations, we will take appropriate enforcement as needed, most likely in the form of a summons to appear in court for charges related to violation of the ODH stay-at-home order.
Dayton police officers are equipped with personal protection equipment and are prepared to deploy it when dealing with subjects who are exhibiting symptoms or as determined necessary by the officer. In addition, procedures are in place to ensure that police vehicles remain clean and disinfected for the safety of the officers and the public.
Our department is navigating these unprecedented circumstances just like all of our fellow Daytonians and Ohioans. We will get through this together just like we have with each crisis that has been thrown at us. Remember we are Dayton Strong and we will be stronger when this is over.