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Youngstown Police Dept. adds 9 officers, regains full strength

Published: Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.


Youngstown’s nine newest police officers — Michael Sobnovsky, Phillip Skowron, Martin Stachowicz, Ryan Curry, Mohammed Awad, Jessica Shields, Robert Gentile, Seann Carfolo and Christopher Staley — are sworn in by Mayor Charles Sammarone on Tuesday.

Youngstown Police Dept. adds 9 officers, regains full strength

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



The addition of nine new officers this week has brought the Youngstown Police Department back to the number of officers Police Chief Rod Foley says he needs to operate effectively.

Eight men and one woman dressed in black stood attentively in the City Hall council chambers Tuesday morning. The nine candidates each raised one hand before Mayor Charles Sammarone and swore to protect the people in the city of Youngstown.

The nine new officers spent the day celebrating with their families and other members of the police department. In one week each will patrol the streets of Youngstown.

Foley said the department was nine officers short after the retirement and leave of several officers. He said the nine candidates hired this week brings the department back to 152 full-time officers — the number he needs to effectively protect the city.

“We can work with that number. We have enough for the patrol division to be proactive, plus we can continue to put some officers in special units like task forces that can work on more long-term investigations,” said Foley.

The police department last hired new officers in November of 2011, but not as many as the number taking the oath this week. Foley said the last time city hired as many as nine officers at one time was in 1997.

Sammarone said he asked the police chief how many officers he needed to effectively run the department and was told 152. He said the city will try and maintain that number in the future.

“I have always supported the police department. I have always felt that making the streets safe is a high priority,” said Sammarone.

According to Foley, several officers have indicated they will likely retire this year, so the department will again be hiring in order to keep the 152 officers needed to run the department. He said another round of hiring will not likely take place until early next year.

Foley said the new officers will be patrolling the streets in about a week, but not alone. Each of the nine officers will spend the first four months in the Field Training Officer program where they will be assigned a partner and made to work all three shifts on patrol.

After field training, the nine officers will likely be assigned afternoon or night shifts because day shifts in the department are assigned by seniority.

Officials had a pool of more than 100 candidates from which the nine officers could be selected. Foley said the determining factor was the character of the nine chosen.


1lefty83(313 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Good luck,be safe.

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2kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Good job Phil!!! You deserve it! Be safe!!!

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3bmanresident(607 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

We need to re-elect Mayor Chuck. Who else has done this much good for the police department and the crime fighting efforts. Jimmy and Jay couldn't compare to these efforts.

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4Askmeificare(1167 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

This is AWESOME GREAT news!

Thank you and God bless to the officers and all involved in making this happen.

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5kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I've known Phillip since the day he was born. He was ALWAYS a good kid - a hard worker. His name has been on the list for a long time. That kid wanted to be a police officer as long as I can remember. He already has gone through police training. His heart is truly in it. The old days are gone. These guys deserve their jobs. No affirmative action not anything but ambition and perseverance. Why is it that when someone works hard for something and gets it there are so many evil people waiting to bring them down? Good job Mayor Sammarone. I know these men (and woman) will do a great job. To those of you haters - get over it. Can't you be happy for someone else's success????

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6vskowron(1 comment)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

@Diane86: Before you bash anyone publicly at least have the intelligence to spell our name correctly! Your soapbox is extremely short to be calling young men cronies while they put their lives on the line for ungrateful shallow human beings like yourself. Youngstown is disgusting only because of people like you. Shame on you & your bitterness towards my family - that you don't know. To serve & protect is family business. What is yours? Take & Degrade?

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7kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 4 years ago

Give 'em hell kid!!! I sure as hell wouldn't want to be a cop in Ytown these days. People don't shoot to kill, they shoot to have fun. Respect for police officers is a thing of the past - how sad. Good luck to all of these fine new officers. Thanks Chuck for the great job you are doing. You know who would be proud - and IS!!!

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