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Boardman increases number of police officers



Published: Wed, September 26, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

Township trustees are expected to swear in two new police officers Thursday and extend conditional offers of employment to up to three more officers.

In August, the board approved conditional offers to Boardman High School alumni Christopher Costas, 30, and Michael Calautti III, 22, and they will be sworn in during the trustees’ special meeting Thursday, bringing the number of sworn officers to 53, including the chief.

Including Costas and Calautti, the township has hired five officers since the passage of a police levy in August 2011.

Trustees also are looking to authorize up to three conditional offers of employment Thursday and if they do so, it would bring the number of new hires up to eight for a total of 56 officers, township Administrator Jason Loree said.

Trustees pledged to hire 10 additional officers over two years during the police levy campaign.

A starting officer is paid $16 per hour, or $33,280 annually, plus benefits.

Police Chief Jack Nichols said he is excited to get the new officers officially in the department.

“The others that we’ve hired are now on the road. People take sick time, vacation, family leave, and that diminishes our numbers, but we’re able to keep eight on the road [with the new hires],” Nichols said.

Loree added that some days, the department has up to 10 or 12 officers on a shift.

Nichols has said when new officers start, they spend about 14 weeks in the department’s training program before they can be on the road alone.

A civil-service test was administered this spring, and officers are being hired from that.


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1lee(544 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I thought Boardman was short of money? Now they will suddenly find they are short and want another tax increase

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2CantStandYa(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Lee,
Dont worry about it.

Signed,
Boardman resident who is glad to pay more for more protection from douchebag Youngstown residents who come to Boardman to steal.

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3DwightK(1269 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

They'd better get more hired. they promised 10 after the last levy passed.

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4bmanresident(597 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Has anyone noticed that since they expanded the Walmart crime has increased and the need for police officers has increased. I only wish they built that store on the south side to keep the trash out of Boardman.

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5Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

bmanresident,

Your referring to all Walmart shoppers as trash? I've seen plenty of well kept, properly dressed, and perfect English speaking individuals and families at that same facility. Just because you may or may not shop there doesn't mean it's a terrible place nor a breading ground for blight and crime.

Albeit nighttime shopping at this same facility isn't always comfortable, but use your better judgement and get your running around done during the day like most people.

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6CantStandYa(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Tis the season that the Ytown hoods are getting ready to hunker down for the winter, so the criminal element will be out in full force this fall, robbing and pillaging everything they can so they can stay in their government heated houses, eat their government funded meals, rock their xbox360's, smoke their tweeds and procreate so we can have more thieving mongrels to watch out for...

Keep your eyes out for them in every single parking lot from now until the snow falls heavy, not just wal-mart. Its easier to steal a purse from a lone woman in a lot than to steal from a store, and the result is cash.

Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is just protecting the criminal element.

All you need for proof of what im saying is the Boardman township court records. Any study of them will show that the majority of defendants have Youngstown addresses and strike like wildfire when the weather suits them.

Be careful out there, law abiding suburbanites, and don't put yourself in a dangerous situation by making yourself vulnerable.

I'm CantStandYa, and I approved this message.

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