Youngstown begins community policing program on Monday

Youngstown police cruiser

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The city of Youngstown is getting some help with non-emergency police related calls.

Beginning Monday, seven veteran officers will be part of the newly formed Community Policing Program. They will serve in all seven wards of the city and work closely with City Council members, local churches, community groups and neighborhood groups.

They help residents solve problems that are not necessarily emergencies.

“To try and deal with a lot of quality of life issues that sometimes do not arise to the level of a 911 call, but there are issues that are plaguing some of our neighborhoods and the community policing officers will deal with these issues on a daily basis,” Youngstown Mayor John McNally said.

The mayor said the unit can now get started because the police department is back up to full strength.

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