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University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium

2022 Panelist
David Wolford

Chief David R. Wolford currently serves as the System Chief of Police and Security for the Premier Health Department of Public Safety. He oversees the safety and security of five hospital sites, the Premier Health corporate headquarters, three free-standing emergency departments and numerous off-site facilities. He leads a team of 158 police/security officers, 14 civilians, three detectives and two police-training staff members.

 Chief Wolford has 36 years of experience in law enforcement operations and policing. 

Chief Wolford served as a member of the Dayton Police Department (DPD) for 27 years. Upon graduating from the Dayton Police Academy, he was assigned as a uniformed police officer in the Patrol Operations Division. During his tenure with the DPD, he served in the general investigation unit and the Special Victims Unit. His leadership led to the creation of the Care House, a child advocacy center for abused children. He also assisted in the development of several new methods of investigating child abuse and infant death cases. 

In 2002, Chief Wolford was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Operations Division, where he served until his promotion to the rank of lieutenant in 2010. As a lieutenant, he was assigned again to the Patrol Operations Division and later transferred to the Narcotics Bureau Commander. In January 2013, he was promoted to Major and assigned as the Division Commander over the Central Patrol Operations Division.

Chief Wolford was a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team for 12 years. In 2009, he was named Commander of the Hostage Negotiation Team. Has has served as an Adjunct Professor for several local colleges and universities and an instructor for the Ohio Police Officers Training Academy. 

Chief Wolford has received several departmental citations and awards of merit for outstanding, dedicated police work. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Bowling Green State University. He completed the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive College (CLEE) for Police Executives.


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