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Youngstown Police Department swears in new patrol officer

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - There's a new addition to the Youngstown Police Department.

Joseph Burnich is the first new patrol officer to be sworn-in by Mayor John McNally.

Burnich is a recent graduate of Youngstown State University's Police Academy, and Police Chief Robin Lees was one of his instructors.

The new hire is part of the Mayor and the Chief's commitment to maintaining the strength of the police department.

Police Chief Lees tells 21 News, "This will bring us back to the 152 officers that the police department has been at recently. We want to maintain that level, we feel like that's the bare minimum. In this case Joseph Burnish has been hired under the COPS Grant, which is facilitating the hiring of Veterans, and of course we are happy to do that."

Burnich from Austintown, served two tours of duty in Iraq, and will take to the streets as a patrol officer in the coming weeks.

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