YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Civil Services Commission is holding an information session Monday at 6 p.m. at the McGuffey Centre about the upcoming Civil Service Exam to become a police officer.
Retired Sgt. Delphine Baldwin-Casey will play a pivotal role in helping to fill those positions. She’ll is recruiting minorities for the position.
Baldwin-Casey is still a member of the Black Knights Police Association (BKPA). The organization was founded in 1975, and one of its goals was to recruit local minorities to the police force. For the past month, members have been trying to get the word out about the upcoming exam.
“It’s very important to have diversity on the Youngstown Police Department. I am showing the people the other side of the police. With everything that is going on in the national news and the negative portrayal of the police,” Baldwin-Casey said. “There are many good police officers out there than what you see on T.V.”
Baldwin-Casey hit the street Monday and handed out information about the upcoming civil service exam. She shared some of her experiences on the force and caught up with Campbell resident Kadisha Jones, who is studying criminal justice as Youngstown State University. Jones didn’t know about the upcoming exam but said she’s interested in joining the force and will be attending the meeting Monday night.
Targeting young people is the key to keeping the police department diverse, Baldwin-Casey said. In fact, she was going to be a nurse before changing her mind and joining the Youngstown Police Department. She said an officer approached her and told her about opportunities in the department.
Baldwin-Casey spent 31 years with the department.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAM:
- Applications for the exam must be turned in between Feb. 16 and Feb. 26.
- The exam will be administered March 5.
- There is no fee to apply or take the exam.
- An informational session will be held Monday, February 8, at the McGuffey Center, 1649 Jacobs Rd., Youngstown. The Civil Services commission will answer questions about the exam and the application process.
The Youngstown Civil Service Commission is located inside of City Hall in downtown Youngstown, and can be reached by phone at (330) 742-8798.