Youngstown P.D. swears in newest officer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Youngstown Police Department welcomed its newest officer Friday, as Mayor John McNally swore in officer Joseph Burnich in city council chambers.

Burnich, 25, is an Army National Guard veteran.

The mayor and police chief said they’re committed to at least maintaining staffing levels.

“We’re going to maintain the level we currently have,” said Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees. “What we’d like to do is actually expand it, but of course, that’ll be up to how the budget plays out here in the next few weeks.”

The department now has 152 officers with the hiring of Burnich, who served two tours overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq, mainly as convoy security.

Officer Burnich, who is an Austintown Fitch graduate and recently engaged, will be in the field starting next week.

“I’m really excited to be a part of this department,” Burnich said. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of Youngstown. I’m just glad I can serve the community.”

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