Patrolling Dayton
Articles on the Dayton Police Department

 


Patrolling Dayton- Writings by Sgt. Grismer (ret.). 

 Sgt. Stephen Grismer (ret) is a 25-year veteran of the Dayton Police Department.  He entered the police academy in 1976 and was later assigned to uniform patrol duties in the Fifth District.  Promoted in 1986, he experienced a broad career having worked investigations, staff, internal affairs, drug enforcement, vice, intelligence and training.  He was a member of the hostage negotiation team, the vice president of the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police and an FOP official in a variety of roles from 1988 to present day.  
In 2008 he helped produce a police exhibit at Carillon Park, Patrolling the Streets of Dayton.  It was the largest temporary exhibit held at the park’s newest museum facility at that time, the Dicke Family Transportation Center,and visited by 20,000 school students.   
Steve founded Dayton Police History Foundation, Inc. Chartered by the State of Ohio on 1-1-2010, it is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation of our local police history.  You can visit the website by going to DaytonPoliceHistory.org; the e-mail address is  info@DaytonPoliceHistory.org.  Steve explores Dayton police history and kindly provides some of his research writings to DHBO for publication.
 

 

100 Years of Dayton Police Patrol Communication Technology
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved
From the 1896 Patrol Call Box to 1995 CAD/MIS: Computer-Aided Dispatching

Captain Amos Clark: Dayton Deputy Marshal and Policeman
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved
The 1850s-1890s lawman is an enigmatic figure in local history .

  
Dayton History Police Exhibit - 2008
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved
In 2008 a six-month exhibit opened at Carillon Park whose theme was "Patrolling the Streets of Dayton". The exhibit told the story of the Dayton police force using photographs, artifacts and text. The text for the exhibit has been reproduced here.


The Dayton Hostage Negotiation Team
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved
The history of how the Dayton Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) came into existence.

Dayton Police "Firsts": In Dayton and Beyond

by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved
Here are over 80 Dayton police  ‘firsts’ (and a several notable ‘lasts’) to ponder... as well as a few items that may not really be ‘firsts’ but are interesting footnotes in local police history. 

Decade by Decade Dayton Police Bullet Points
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved
This article covers one fact per decade for each of the 21 decades the Dayton Police Department has existed.

 The Nation's Dean of Police Chiefs - Rudolph Wurstner
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved
A tale of Chief Wurstner's incredible 47 year career with the Dayton Police Department


The Story of the Police "Bank Flyer" and its "Flying Squadron"
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2009 All Rights Reserved
The story of how a vintage police photo and its historical account came together.


When Police Patrol First Stepped Across the Color Line
by retired Dayton Sgt. Steve Grismer Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved
A history of Dayton's first African-American police officers.