Dayton Police Department’s first black police officer remembered

Will Carter with U.S. Rep. Brian Babin and Chief Derek Woods with Dayton Police Department present honors to the widow and daughter of Hurley Provost, who was the first black peace officer to ever work for Dayton Police Department. Provost died in June 2022 at the age of 88.

Hurley J. Provost, a former Dayton police officer for 20 years and the first black officer for the department, was remembered by Dayton Police Chief Derek Woods and the City of Dayton during the Council meeting on Monday, July 18. Provost, who continued to live in Dayton until his death at the age of 88, died June 25, 2022.

Provost served with the City of Dayton from Sept. 20, 1967, to June 10, 1987. His widow, Bernice Provost, and daughter, Loretta Chapman, attended the City Council meeting to accept honors in his memory.

“On behalf of the City of Dayton, the police department and Congressman Brian Babin’s office, we would like to present to her this American flag and Dayton Police Department badge in honor and remembrance of Officer Hurley Provost for his dedication and service to our city,” said Chief Woods.

In addition to working for two decades at Dayton Police Department, Provost worked for other law enforcement agencies in his career that spanned four decades.

Woods said he wholeheartedly agreed with the recognition of Provost after it was brought to his attention by Dayton City Councilman Dwight Pruitt.

Dayton Police Chief Derek Woods is pictured with Bernice Provost (middle) and Loretta Chapman, family members of the late DPD police officer Hurley Provost.


  1. What an honor!! Congratulations! Hurley was an outstanding officer 👮 and everyone loved him!!

  2. Hurley was someone I always looked up to and admired especially when I was a young state trooper starting my career. He was a true pioneer in the policing world who made sacrifices to pave the way for those that came after him. We occasionally worked together at an extra job in the early 80’s and I always looked forward to visiting with and learning from him.

  3. I worked with Hurley in the late 70’s. He was a fantastic officer and friend. I lost track of him when I moved to Chambers County.. He was well respected by the community and his peers.

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