New chief following in footsteps

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The new police chief in Lowellville has a long history of law enforcement in his family.

Ryan Bonacci was sworn in as the new chief last week. The Ursuline graduate is following in his father and brother’s footsteps who were both Youngstown police officers.

Bonacci spent six years in Newport News, Va. before returning to the Valley two years ago where he served as an officer in Lowellville.

“I just want the people in Lowellville to know they can come to us any time with any problem. If you see us driving, flag us down. See us walking, which we’ll be doing more of, come up and talk to us,” said Bonacci. “I want people to get real comfortable with our department, with our officers. We want them to know we’re here for them for anything. No problem is too small.”

Bonacci said he hopes to seek grants for new equipment and hopefully hire a few more part-time officers.

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