YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Officers with the Youngstown Police Department were recognized Thursday for their hard work during a ceremony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Chief Robin Lees handed out 140 awards to 66 officers in categories of Departmental Commendation, Meritorious Service, Excellent Duty, Investigative, Firearm Reduction and Life Saving. Lees said his priority when he became chief in January 2014 was to create a community policing project, which has come to fruition. Lees said that community involvement has helped the department in their work policing the city.
Mayor John McNally addressed the officers and commended the department for their work. McNally compared the Youngstown Police Department with other departments nationwide that have come under the media spotlight and said he is proud of the young group of officers.
“I am reminded about what our department does on a daily basis working with the neighborhood residents and working with the neighborhood groups. You are a younger department, but we have a mature department. We have a responsible department in the way they deal with the public,” McNally said.