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Dayton names Virginia-native Kamran Afzal as new police chief

Kamran Afzal wears a brown suit jacket in his headshot for the Dayton Police. After six months of searching, the city of Dayton named Afzal as the new chief of police.
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Kamran Afzal will now lead a department of nearly 400 sworn officers as Dayton Chief of Police. The city spent six months searching nationwide.

The City of Dayton has selected a new police chief. Kamran Afzal will begin his service in late December.

Afzal has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He began his career with the U.S. Capitol police in 1991. Most recently, he served as the police chief of Hopewell, Virginia.

He will now lead a Dayton department with nearly 400 sworn police officers, and manage an annual budget of almost $60 million. Matt Carper will serve alongside him as Assistant chief.

In a press release, city manager Shelley Dickstein says she’s confident that Chief Afzal will successfully lead Dayton officers in crime reduction and police reform.

"Kamran consistently displayed leadership qualities that will serve our police department and community well," Dickstein said.

This concludes a six-month nationwide search, that included an oversight committee and input from the community.

Mawa Iqbal is a reporter for WYSO. Before coming to WYSO, she interned at Kansas City PBS's digital magazine, Flatland. There, her reporting focused on higher education and immigrant communities in the Kansas City area. She studied radio journalism at Mizzou, where she also worked for their local NPR-affiliate station as a reporter.