By joe gorman
The police department will add four new officers Thursday.
Of the four, three have law-enforcement experience and the other new officer was in the military. That person, Taryn Perkins, passed the civil-service exam but has yet to attend the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. She will be attending the academy in January, said Chief Rod Foley, and will be able to train on the streets when she is finished.
The new hires bring the number of new officers added to the department this year to 11. Seven were added in June.
Foley said he hopes the three officers with law-enforcement experience will be assigned a field training officer next week, and will hit the streets shortly after.
The new officers are Jeffrey Kay, who has been an officer with the Hubbard Township and Hubbard city departments; Rory Timlin, who has been an officer at Youngstown State University; and Jacob Short, who is an officer for New Middletown.
Since becoming chief in September 2011, Foley has added 29 new officers, in part to offset a wave of retirements. Besides the seven added this summer, two were added in October 2012, nine other officers were added in May 2012 and six more in November 2011.
Foley said he does not expect to add any more officers in 2013 because the department is close to its benchmark of having 152 officers. Foley said that number is the bare minimum with which the department can function.
Under the field training officer program, each new officer is assigned a veteran officer on each of the department’s three shifts to help them learn the ropes of the job and the city. After a few months, the new hires are then ready to be assigned a beat of their own.