Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Police Department in 2023 is facing a significant surge in violent crimes, resulting in a stretched and overworked police force. Compared to the same period last year, there has been a 100% increase in homicides, which has led to detectives working overtime to solve the cases. Dayton Police Maj. Brian Johns has acknowledged that the police department has been struggling to keep up with the workload, and the situation has become challenging for the officers.
One of the latest incidents involves the arrest of 32-year-old Deante Holden for killing two women at a Shell gas station while they were sitting in their vehicle. The police department is still on the lookout for other suspects connected to the case. In addition, the police department is dealing with ten other homicide investigations from this year alone.
Apart from homicides, the police department has also seen a rise in aggravated assaults compared to the same period last year. Johns pointed out that gun violence is a significant issue, and it has contributed to the increase in aggravated assaults. The year started off with a double homicide, and since then, detectives have been spending hours gathering evidence, following up leads, and questioning witnesses. Once they have obtained sufficient information to make an arrest, they often need assistance from patrol officers.
The police department has acknowledged that they require help from the community to solve and prevent crimes. Johns emphasized that there are other ways to address issues apart from using guns to shoot somebody. The veteran detectives also expressed their hope that homicides, being a cyclical crime, will slow down. They also acknowledged that traditionally, warmer weather can create a surge in violent crimes, and they hope that this does not happen.
In summary, the Dayton Police Department is facing a serious challenge due to the surge in violent crimes in 2023. The 100% increase in homicides and aggravated assaults compared to the same period last year has put a strain on the police force, resulting in detectives working overtime to solve cases. The police department is seeking assistance from the community to solve and prevent crimes. The police department hopes that the cycle of homicides slows down and that the traditionally warmer weather does not contribute to an increase in violent crimes.