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YPD targets vets, city residents, minorities to become police officers

Published: Tue, October 23, 2012 @ 1:18 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Police Department is looking for a few good recruits — and they are hoping to pull them from the ranks of city residents, minorities and veterans.

The department will begin distributing fliers and hanging posters in an effort to encourage those in the target groups to take the test to be police officers.

There have been 17 new officers added to the department since Rod Foley took over as police chief. Those additional officers kept the departments number of sworn officers at 152, where it is now, but Foley said expected retirements are going to decrease that number in the near future.

“The mayor has been committed to keeping our numbers at 152, so we are going to have to go out there and actively recruit,” said Foley. “We are looking to actively recruit veterans and inner-city residents who want to become officers.”

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1bmanresident(607 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Such a shame that the YPD would turn down qualified applicants because they are Caucasian. Reverse racism at its finest. Or are they saying the whites are the new minority?

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2TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Whitey is the minority in the city proper.

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3peggygurney(408 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Read the article again.

He did not say they wouldn't hire whites.
He said they are actively recruiting minoroties.

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4BenitaDrugs(42 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I think the term "inner city residents" is code for non white

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5LawDoc(38 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

They should be hiring the top people on the civil service list, isn't that what it's there for?

I'm just glad they no longer use the two list system, one for white men and one for minorities and women...what a joke.

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6DSquared(1777 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Why not just "deputize" all the Hoodrats?

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7uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Is YPD disqualifying any applicant with a 100 or above IQ like police departments all over the country have been?

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8Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

If it came down to a white person or a minority, they will choose the minority every time. That is not discrimination?

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9IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The job doesn't pay enough to attract the best applicants. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence would realize that other departments pay more and have better workplace morale than YPD. They also have a very high turnover rate compared to most other departments. Over 50% do not stay with YPD more than 5 years, some leave law enforcement for the private sector and others are either terminated or move to other departments where they'll make more money.

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10USMC0331(152 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The starting rate is actually 30K. And the new people will only use this as a stepping stone to go bigger and better places.

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11USMC0331(152 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Not true on the turn over rate. Most can't leave after 5 years because they're ruined.

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12DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Tackleberry and Mahoney were recently spotted in Lt. Harris's office filling out applications. I hope Commandant Lassard hires them.

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