Hires put YPD at full strength

Youngstown police swearing in July 15, 2013

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Seven new Youngstown police officers were sworn in on Monday, putting the police department back at full strength.

Chief Rod Foley and Mayor Chuck Sammarone led the swearing in ceremony at City Hall.

Six men and one woman took the police officers oath in front of family members and public officials.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said new police officer Hannah Banks. “This is where I wanted to be my whole life when I decided to be a police officer and it’s finally coming true. I had to work at a couple of police departments before this but finally getting the full-time job where I want to be.”

The other new patrol officers are Brian Ferreri, Thomas Wisener, Timothy Edwards, Stephen Gaetano, Daniel Zakrajsek and  Kenneth Garling.

One officer, William Ward, was promoted to the detective-sergeant rank.

Foley said the department used the remaining funds for a federal grant to hire the seven.

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