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Youngstown chief wants more cops

Published: Mon, September 2, 2013 @ 5:48 p.m.

Youngstown chief wants more cops


After hiring seven new officers this past summer, police Chief Rod Foley wants to add four or five before year’s end.

The chief said he was planning on asking the administration after the Labor Day holiday if the funds would be available to bring the officers on.

He said that if he can’t have five more, he would like to hire however many as finances allow.

The new hires are to battle a wave of retirements in the department in recent years. Since he has become chief in 2011, Foley has brought 24 new officers to the force.

Read more in Tuesday’s Vindicator.


1handymandave(474 comments)posted 1 year ago

I hope someone is keeping track of the dwindling population of Youngstown. It's important because we don't need the level of officers that were once in place. If enough citizens get together and repeal the income tax which supports the police department now they may find themselves unable to pay these officers in the very near future. You do remember the income tax don't you? Highest in the state of Ohio and probably responsible for alot of businesses not coming here.

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2Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 year ago

Maybe take a few of the millions they give away to the companies that want to locate here for a few jobs and higher more cops

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3Ianacek(909 comments)posted 1 year ago

The thing that the income tax rate symbolizes is an attitude that every last drop must be squeezed from producers of the goods & services .

In 2004 , the income tax rate was raised by 1/2 % to pay for what were then inefficient police & fire depts. The new rate has caused a lot of economic damage in that time & indirectly has caused more blight . However, now the 2 departments are operating well & are both capable of reducing their budgets without compromising safety . The City is in a position to reverse the population outflow of the last 35 years & attract working & businesspeople to fill vacant homes . However, if the source of that income is outside the City & they have to start paying Youngstown tax on it when they move to the City , it discourages them moving .

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4DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year ago

The overall population in Youngstown may have gone down but the population of criminals seems to rise. The city won't have a chance to recover and be a nice place to live until crime is under control and the school system improves.

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