By Rick Rouan
BOARDMAN — The dwindling number of police officers and skepticism about the effectiveness of satellite offices contributed to closing two police substations on the north end of the township, the police chief said.
“It turns into an issue of staffing and manpower,” Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols said. “Right now we’re just holding on by the skin of our teeth.”
Nichols closed a substation in the First Place Bank building on Market Street at Midlothian Boulevard in October, and last week he finished cleaning out another substation in the 5000 block of Market Street.
“The true, true value of a substation is arguable,” he said. “It’s a luxury we can’t afford.”
At one time, Nichols said, the township had 63 sworn officers and a chief. That number has fallen to 47.
The same was true for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, which laid off 20 deputies a little more than a year ago, Sheriff Randall A. Wellington said.
“We just could no longer supply the deputies,” he said.
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