Youngstown PD to hire additional officers for community policing

The Youngstown Police Department received nearly $750,000 and will use it to hire eight additional officers

The Youngstown Police Department's community policing efforts.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Police Department will be able to expand its community policing efforts with new federal funding.

The department received nearly $750,000 and will use it to hire eight additional officers.

After four months of training, the new policemen will replace the experienced officers who take roles in community-oriented policing for the department.

“They’re going to be veteran officers who have their feet on the ground, they understand what’s going on and have already shown an interest or a flair for that type of work in the community,” Chief Robin Lees said. “The ones we hire will essentially back fill the positions we have in our community policing.”

The Austintown Police Department also received $250,000 in funding and will be able to hire two more officers.

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