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Major Wendy Stiver with Dayton Police
Jerry Kenney

Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country, and data show the problem is often related to premature birth and low birth weight.

Now, the Dayton Police Department is trying something new as part of a larger countywide effort aimed at bringing infant mortality rates down. Police will be collaborating with an intensive home-visiting program that helps families with newborns and young children.  

City of Dayton

Crime rates have fallen significantly in Dayton this year, according to the latest city data. The city’s drop in crime lines up with larger national trends showing overall crime rates at historic lows in many cities.

 

 

The data show Dayton’s crime rate fell by double digits in many areas:  

 

Violent crimes, including murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, are down 15 percent for 2017. Property crimes, such as arson, residential burglary and theft are down 18 percent.

 

Dayton police say response times depend on call volume and the priority level of the call.  dayton police car
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Akron has been rated the best city in the nation when it comes to return-on-investment on spending for police, with Dayton coming in second.  

The calculations of the personal finance site WalletHub compare tax dollars spent per capita for police protection to crime rates, with adjustments made for poverty and unemployment rates and household income. By those calculations, three Ohio cities come out in the top 10 – with Akron ranked first, Dayton second and Cleveland seventh.

Dayton police say response times depend on call volume and the priority level of the call.  dayton police car
Carey Scheer / WYSO

Late last year, a man was assaulted by two people after walking out of the Family Dollar on Patterson road in Dayton. His attackers left pretty quickly, and the staff at family dollar called 911.  

 

“We kept calling them and calling them, hoping they would come faster,” says Jennifer, the store manager. “He could have had a concussion. He could have passed out. He was bleeding too.”

The victim also called 911. He told the operator that someone tried to kill him but initially he said he did not need an ambulance.

Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
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Body cameras have been back in the news following a recent police shooting in Cincinnati. Police departments across the state are either testing or wearing the devices and Dayton and Beavercreek are considering getting them. Equipping officers with cameras also is one of the recommendations from Governor John Kasich’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations.

 

But some are wondering if the move will only be a Band-Aid on a larger issue.