The mission of the Youngstown Police Department is to provide exceptional service to its residents and visitors. Our officers are committed to reducing crime and improving the quality of life for all by demonstrating unwavering pride in our daily performance.
Definition - The standards one holds which forms the foundation on which one performs work and which governs one's behavior within the organization. Core values underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and help transform the Department's mission into reality which furthers the achievement of success in all Department endeavors.
Pride & Commitment
Above all else, we as the members of the Youngstown Police Department take immense pride in our profession and are committed to its advancement. We understand that our employees are the department's greatest asset and most valuable resource. We acknowledge that by taking pride in our work and being committed to our duty, we will be able to professionally serve our community; in turn, both the employees and citizens will have pride in the Police Department.
Professionalism & Integrity
As police officers, we are always vigilant that we are the most visible representatives of the City and shall demonstrate the utmost professionalism in our duties. We shall hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence and integrity always bringing credit to the Department and the community in which we serve.
Service & Excellence
We understand that service to the public is our main objective, as the police department strives to keep communication with the public open to build a partnership in reducing crime. We shall always do what is in the best interest of the community and serve public interest above serving ourselves. Through training, self-improvement, and evaluation, we shall improve in our profession and strive to meet the standards of excellence in the law enforcement vocation.
Responsibility & Accountability
We accept that with our duties as police officers comes great responsibility and accountability. We have a responsibility to remain untarnished in the color of our office. We resolve to manage all of our resources in a careful, prudent and responsible manner.
Fairness & Diversity
As police officers we remain committed to our oath to treat all whom we encounter in a fair, impartial, and just manner. The Youngstown Police Department will maintain its leadership role in striving for a ediverse workforce to strengthen its relationship with the community it serves.
Definition - A relatively broad statement of the end result that one intends ultimately to achieve. A goal usually requires a relatively long time span to achieve and, whenever possible, should be stated in a way that permits measurement of its achievement.
- Partnering with community organizations/citizen groups in identifying and resolving problems facing our City's neighborhoods.
- Implement an intelligence/crime analysis program to assist in developing both tactical and strategic plans to reduce violent and property crimes within the City of Youngstown.
- Enhance our relationships with both State and Federal law enforcement partners to reduce violent crime by dismantling organized criminal activities.
- Coordinate services with other City departments to provide seamless service to residents and business owners.
- Continually assess programs and services provided by the Police Department to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and quality.
- Solicit requests from our Police Department's workforce to develop meaningful in-service training to enhance service to the community and increase the knowledge, skills and abilities of our employees.
- Aggressively recruit and hire a diversified workforce to further our Police Department's commitment to racial and gender multiplicity and strengthen its ties to the community it serves.
- Promote traffic safety by identifying hazardous areas which can be corrected through aggressive enforcement of motor vehicle laws and public awareness releases.
- Increase open communications within the Police Department by meeting quarterly with Commanders, Labor Management Committee members, and the Goals Committee.
- Continue to utilize technology to increase our capability to detect and combat crime, provided modern and progressive services to the community and to further professionalize our Department.
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Youngstown Chaplaincy Corp
The purpose and ministry of the Youngstown Chaplaincy is to:
- To support the Mission and Goals of the Youngstown Police Department.
- To provide spiritual guidance, counseling, comfort in times of crisis to the officers and/or families.
- To serve as a resource to the community, as requested by a Youngstown police officer in times of personal or family crisis.
- To serve during a disaster as requested by emergency personnel.
Sis. Rose Huber
Sister Rose Huber was called to become a religious Sister in 1958, a member of the Sisters of Humility of Mary from Villa Maria, PA. She currently serves at SS Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church on the north side of Youngstown and Our Lady of Hungary Church on the city's west side. She has been a prison chaplain and became a Youngstown Police Chaplain in September 2007.
Sister Rose is proficient in Sign Language.
Rev. Lewis Macklin Sr.
Reverend Lewis Macklin Sr. was ordained in 1991 and is the Pastor of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on the south side of Youngstown. He has been a Youngstown Police Chaplain since September, 2007. Rev. Macklin is also a Licensed Social Worker with the State of Ohio.
Fr. Edward Neroda
Father Edward Neroda was ordained in 1957 and is the oldest active Priest in the Youngstown Diocese. He is currently serving as Pastor at St. Stanislaus Parish on the south side of Youngstown. He became a Youngstown Police Chaplain in 2004. Father Neroda is fluent in Polish and can make himself understood in Spanish, French, Italian, German and any Slavic language.
Fr. Edward Noga
Father Edward Noga was ordained in 1976. He is currently the Pastor of St. Patrick's Church on the south side of Youngstown. He is a board member of the Western Reserve Transit Authority and has served as a chaplain of the Youngstown Police Department since 1988.
Msgr. Robert Siffrin
Monsignor Robert Siffrin was ordained in 1979 and currently serves as Vicar General of the Diocese of Youngstown and administrator of St. Edwards Parish on the north side of Youngstown. He has served as chaplain of the Youngstown Police Department since December 1988. Msgr. Siffrin is proficient in Sign Language.
Rev. Roosevelt Thompson
Reverend Roosevelt Thompson was ordained in 1986 and has served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Wellsville, OH since 1981. He also works with the Tobin Center in Lisbon, Ohio and is a Chaplain with the National Baptist, U.S.A. He has served as chaplain of the Youngstown Police Department since 1990.
Min. Marcia Walker
Minister Marcia Walker received her license to minister in 2001 and is currently an associate minister at Union Baptist Church. She is a member of the Ministerial Alliance and past youth leader of the Juvenile Justice Center. She has been serving with the Youngstown Police Chaplains since September 2007.
Eld. Cynthia Wright-Palmer
Elder Cynthia Wright-Palmer was ordained in 2002. She currently serves on the ministerial staff of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church on the east side of Youngstown, as Worship Leader and Administrative Assistant. She is a member of two recording groups and is blessed to use her oratory and musical gifting across the nation and abroad. She has been serving as a Youngstown Police chaplain since September 2007.
Officer Michael T. Hartzell
Michael T. Hartzell
Died: April 29, 2003
On April 29, 2003 at approximately 12:39 a.m. a shooting took place at a bar on Mahoning Avenue in which one victim was wounded. The suspect in that shooting, Martin Koliser, fled in a silver Lincoln.
Officer Michael Hartzell was in the Downtown Area and spotted the Lincoln, getting behind the vehicle and running the license plate. At approximately 2:19 a.m., witness statements say that Koliser exited his vehicle and ran to Officer Hartzell's cruiser, firing three rounds at Officer Hartzell. Koliser then fled the scene, abandoning his Lincoln several streets away and fleeing on foot. Officer Hartzell was rushed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where trauma teams did all they could to save Michael's life. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Just one day later on April 30th, Martin Koliser was apprehended at a Knight's Inn in Pinellas County, FL. Agents from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshals Service and Tampa F.B.I. Office apprehended Koliser without incident.
Officer Hartzell was 26 years young.
Died: April 14, 1992
Detective/Sergeant Millard Williams was on routine patrol when he became involved in a traffic accident. His injuries were fatal.
Detective Sergeant Williams was 39 years young.
Officer Paul Durkin
Died: September 22, 1987
Officer Durkin had stopped a suspicious person in a residential neighborhood when the suspect produced a handgun and shot him.
Officer Durkin was 34 years young.
Officer Ralph DeSalle
Died: June 13, 1984
Officer DeSalle was assisting at the scene of a traffic crash when he was struck and killed by a semi truck.
Officer DeSalle was 40 years young.
Officer Frank Cichon
Died: December 21, 1963
Officer Frank Cichon was a resident of 243 E. Florida at the time of his death and the father of three children.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., Officers Cichon and Edward Mika were checking on a vehicle at Glenwood and Cleveland that was the victim of a hit-skip accident. Two other citizens were also with the officers, accounting the events of the accident. Mika then stated “I heard someone yell something…the next thing I knew I was flying through the air.” Cichon, Mika, and the civilians were struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Glenwood. Cichon was thrown 115 feet from the auto he was investigating. The driver, Mr. Berick, admitted to having several beers at a tavern on the corner of Falls/Glenwood. A “drunkometer” test was administered, showing Mr. Berick’s BAC at .135.
Officer Cichon was 41 years young.
Officer Henry Clemons
Died: December 4, 1927
Officer Clemons was shot to death after walking in on a burglary in progress at a gas station.
Officer Clemons was 49 years young.
Detective Benjamin Yeadon
Died: February 7, 1925
Detective Ben Yeadon was a resident of 59 East Madison. He had been in plain clothes for two years and was considered the best and most efficient police officer on the department.
On September 3, 1924 Det. Yeadon was in foot pursuit with Det. Steve Stanko of a male suspect from a cutting. Det. Yeadon scaled a fence in the rear of 343 East Boardman Street when his service revolver fell out of its holster, struck a rock, and discharged. The bullet went into his lower abdominal area.
Detective Yeadon was hospitalized for several weeks before being released from St. Elizabeth's hospital. In February of 1925 he returned to the hospital for emergency surgery due to severe abdominal pains.
Detective Yeadon ended his tour of duty on February 7, 1925.
Died: March 23, 1924
Officer Leonard was shot attempting to arrest a suspect who had been threatening people in a downtown store with a gun.
Officer Leonard was 32 years young.
Died: May 3, 1921
Officer Warren was approaching a suspicious person when the suspect produced a handgun and fired.
Officer Warren was 27 years young.
Died: October 6, 1919
Officer Banks was assisting a motorist in traffic when he was struck and killed by another vehicle.
Officer Banks was 40 years young.
Died: November 5, 1911
Officer Evans was questioning a suspicious man on the street when the subject produced a revolver and fired.
Officer Evans was 35 years young.
Died: May 18, 1891
Officer Freed was shot while pursuing a burglary suspect.
Officer Freed was 27 years young.
This is one of many Law Enforcement Memorial sites. This particular site is dedicated to officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
The purpose of the outing is to raise funds and award scholarships to children of Mahoning Valley police officers to attend Youngstown State University.
The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety.
The State of Ohio ranks fifth in our Nation for the amount of Officers killed in the line of duty.
Crime Stoppers offer cash rewards of up to $2,000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals, including those committing serious felony crimes, and fugitives.
Information comes through anonymous tips that are received through a secure tips line or through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of insuring anonymity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Automobile insurance, am I required to have it when I drive?
Yes, in Ohio it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without insurance or other financial responsibility proof (FR Proof). It is also illegal for any motor vehicle owner to allow anyone else to drive the owner's vehicle without FR Proof.
Blood-alcohol, what is the legal limit in Ohio?
Ohio Law states that no person shall operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or both. The state of Ohio has set a per se level of 0.08 BAC (blood-alcohol content) as the presumptive level at which an adult is considered to be an impaired driver of a passenger car. However, being under the presumptive 0.08BAC level does not mean you are not impaired and , depending upon roadside sobriety checks, you may be charged with DUI with a BAC which measures below 0.08.
In other words, the presumptive BAC level is the level at which you are automatically considered to be “legally” impaired – it does not mean that you are not illegal if you are not at the 0.08 BAC level. As such, there is no absolute “legal limit” except “zero.”
Other presumptive BAC levels in Ohio are: .04 BAC for commercial vehicle drivers and .02 BAC for drivers under the age of 21.
Driver's license, where can I obtain or renew my license?
To obtain a driver’s license in Mahoning County you must contact the Highway Patrol Station located at 490 South Broad Street in Canfield, phone 330.702.0948. All licensing is conducted through Ohio's Deputy Registrar locations. To renew a driver’s license you can go to any of the area registrar locations listed here:
- 3623 Market Street, Southside Merchants, 330.783.3223
Monday 8:00-6:30, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 8:00-5:30, Saturday 8:00-1:00
- 667 Gypsy Lane, Northside Merchants, 330.746.4621
Monday 8:00-7:00, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 8:00-5:00, Saturday 8:00-12:00
- 2950 Mahoning Avenue, Westside Merchants, 330.799.9747
Monday 8:00-6:30, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 8:00-5:00, Saturday 8:00-1:00
- 229 Boardman-Canfield Road, 330.758.1988
Monday 8:00-6:30, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 8:00-5:00, Saturday 8:00-12:00
- 1020 Fifth Street, 330.750.1001
Monday 8:00-6:30, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 8:00-5:00, Saturday 8:00-12:00
How do I get information about my driver’s license?
Information about your driver license, suspension, and reinstatement can be obtained by calling the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' telephone information center at 614.752.7500.
How does Ohio’s graduated driver’s license law work?
The teen driving law allows teen driver to get temporary licensing at age 15 1/2. During this temporary permit period, the teen driver law mandates 50 hours of actual driving experience with a licensed parent, guardian, or certified driving instructor.
How many drinks can I consume before becoming impaired?
There is no reliable means to predict how many alcoholic beverages an individual can consume before becoming impaired.
In past years, various entities have published charts which outline the blood-alcohol content (BAC) you will attain if you weigh X pounds and consume X drinks. However, these charts only consider two variables – number of drinks and body weight. Actually, there are many more variables which must be considered, so a generalized estimate as to level of intoxication or potential BAC would be very unreliable.
Impaired drivers - how do troopers test for suspected impairment?
When a trooper observes a suspected impaired driver, s/he will stop the car for observed traffic offenses and make personal contact with the driver. If the officer detects possible impairment once contacting the driver, divided-attention sobriety tests will be conducted. Among these are:
- the finger-to-nose touch;
- the heel-toe walk;
- the one-leg stand;
- and the "Gaze Test" which traces involuntary eye movements.
In addition, the trooper will observe how well the driver can understand and respond to questions and follow instructions.
If, after conducting these tests, the officer detects impairment, an arrest is made and the suspect is taken into custody for a formal BAC test.
Impaired driving in Ohio - what are the penalties?
Administrative license suspension for a refusal of the BAC test will last from one to five years, depending on the number of prior refusals. For a failure, the administrative license suspension will last from 90 days to three years, depending on the number of prior drunk driving convictions.
Those convicted of the offense are subject to the mandatory penalties of time in jail, a court-imposed driver license suspension, and a minimum of $200 to a maximum of $10,000 fine. Penalties are based upon the number of previous DUI convictions over a five-year period.
- FIRST OFFENSE – at least 72 consecutive hours in jail, court license suspension from six months to three years.
- SECOND OFFENSE – at least 10 consecutive days in jail, court license suspension from one to five years.
- THIRD OFFENSE – at least 30 consecutive days in jail, court license suspension from one to ten years.
- FOURTH OFFENSE – at least 60 consecutive days in jail, court license suspension from three years to permanent revocation. All offenders must pay a $250 reinstatement fee for ALS.
To regain a suspended license, all DUI offenders must pay a $250 reinstatement fee and show proof of a policy for liability insurance or bond. Repeat offenders will be required to file proof of liability coverage and maintain that coverage for three years.
Third and fourth time impaired driving offenders are also subject to having their vehicle immobilized or forfeited. A vehicle owner who knowingly allows someone whose license is suspended to operate their vehicle may also be subject to these penalties.
Motorists who are convicted of vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide and are judged to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the offense will, in addition to other penalties, suffer permanent loss of driving privileges.
Is a front license plate required on Ohio-registered cars?
Yes. Failure to display a front license plate on an Ohio-registered car is a registration violation.
Is it legal for me to carry a concealed weapon in Ohio?
Yes. Carrying a concealed handgun is a privilege in Ohio, and with this privilege comes a responsibility to be aware, not only of the common sense rules of safe firearm handling, but the laws that affect how, when and where you can carry your firearm, and how to properly use the handgun to defend yourself or another person. For more information on the new CCW law, which went into effect on April 8, 2004, please visit the Ohio Attorney General's Website.
Motor vehicle inspection - what is involved?
A motor vehicle inspection is a very brief check. The inspector checks to assure all lights, signals, and safety equipment is installed and in working order. Some of these items include: Turn signals, stop lights, head lights, horn, safety belts, emergency brake, and mirrors. In addition, equipment violations such as missing bumpers, cracked windshields, and poor tires will result in failing an inspection.
Ohio Laws can they be accessed via the Internet?
Road Rage - is there a law against this?
The term Road Rage was created in the popular media to describe emotion-based reckless, aggressive, and intimidating driving. There is no specific offense in Ohio Law entitled "Road Rage," but the actions which are labeled "Road Rage" are specific offenses. Among these are: menacing; reckless operation, impeding, and assault, to name a few.
Road rage, what can I do to avoid becoming a victim?
There are several strategies you can use to minimize the potential dangers of Road Rage, including:
- Do not react to provocation;
- Stay way from erratic drivers;
- Avoid eye contact with aggressive drivers;
- Use your horn sparingly;
- Do not make obscene gestures;
- Do not switch lanes without signaling;
- Do not tailgate;
- Do not block the passing lane;
- When parking, do not take more than one parking space;
- Be polite and courteous even if other drivers are not; and
- Avoid all conflict, and allow plenty of time for your trip.
Sobriety checkpoints - what is their purpose?
Sobriety checkpoints are designed to be a deterrent, not a trap.
The Supreme Court has ruled that before conducting a sobriety checkpoint, several criteria must be met. First, the location of the checkpoint must have a historically high rate of alcohol-related crashes. Second, the agency must follow specific guideline for notification that the checkpoint is to be conducted. Also, if traffic is too heavy to stop each car passing through the checkpoint, cars must be stopped according to a predetermined formula (i.e.: every other car, every fourth car, etc.).
Title for a salvaged or self-assembled vehicle, how can I obtain one?
Prior to obtaining a title, the vehicle must be inspected by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. These inspections are conducted at selected locations throughout the state. Call your local Patrol post to determine the best inspection site for you.
To find information regarding titles, license, donor registry and more, visit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle website.
Title transfers, where can I go?
In the Mahoning County, there are two title offices located at the addresses below:
- The Youngstown branch office is located at the Oakhill Renaissance Place, 345 Oakhill Ave., Suite 102, Youngstown, OH 44502 – Phone: 330.740.2111 or FAX 330.782.6295 and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
- The Sebring branch office is located at 605 East Ohio Avenue – Phone: 330.938.9873 or FAX 330.938. 6518 and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
What colors and types (under body, in-car, etc.) of neon lights are legal?
Lights must not rotate, oscillate, or flash, but state law does not prohibit the use of colored neon lights under your car as long as they do not interfere or blind other drivers.
Ohio Revised Code, section 4513.17 prohibits flashing lights on motor vehicles with the exception of emergency vehicles, turn signals, and hazard flashers.
As long as the neon lights are less than 300 candle power they are not in violation of any State law. If the lights are more than 300 candle power they must be directed to strike the pavement the vehicle sets upon at a distance of no more than 75 feet. The lights can not exceed 500 candle power. Colored lights, such as neon lights around a license plate, could be illegal if the light illuminates the plate and changes the colors of the plate. State law requires a white light to illuminate the rear license plate.
What percent can windows be tinted on the vehicle?
On Ohio registered vehicles, window tint must allow 50 percent light transmittance on the rear and side windows, and 70 percent transmittance on the windshield. In other words, the tint can not be darker than 50 percent on the side and back, and 30 percent on the windshield.
Light transmittance of 50 percent does not apply on the windows behind the driver if there are outside left and right side mirrors. Remember, auto glass is slightly tinted from the factory and will make the tint you apply to your windows darker than advertised by the tint manufacturer.
Where can I find out more about Ohio’s financial responsibility laws?
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles for Ohio has a detailed summary of the law on their Web site – click here to go to BMV's website.
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