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

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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