Cadets get specialized rifle training

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Cadets training to become police officers at Youngstown State University are getting hands-on experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Ohio.

Thanks to a $250,000 grant, the YSU Police Academy is the only one in the state to offer rifle training.

The cadets hit the Hubbard Gun Range Tuesday morning to learn how to use M-16 rifles.

Once they graduate, the cadets can be placed in a cruiser without additional training.

The weapons were given to the academy by the Austintown and Howland police departments.

“Just about every local law enforcement agency is taking advantage of this through re-purposing of people’s tax dollars so that these weapons are reused and brought back to the community,” said Commander Ed Villone, YSU Police Academy.

Villone said they currently have 11 rifles and he hopes to receive 19 more soon. The value of the firearms is nearly $700,000.

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