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      The Youngstown Police Department “Gun Suppression Operation” on the city’s south side has been active for the first 3 days of the two week operation. The Gun Suppression Operation is being assisted by the F.B.I., A.T.F, Adult Parole Authority, U.S. Marshall’s Office, Judge Dellick’s Juvenile Probation Department and Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force. 
       
      The joint law enforcement effort includes the following information:
       
      28 – Individuals arrested
      65 – Vehicle stops
      33 – Vehicle searches
      151 – Public contacts
      20 – Home visits on parole and probation offenders
      8 – Firearms recovered
       
      Some of the highlighted arrests include 4 individuals charged with carrying a concealed weapon in public, 8 individuals arrested on felony drug related charges, 6 juveniles on probation violations, and numerous traffic and warrant arrests have been made.
       
      The Gun Suppression Operation was initiated by the Youngstown Police Department to reduce the recent gun violence occurring on the city’s south side. The joint law enforcement program will continue over the next week. The Youngstown Police Department is encouraging anyone with information on individuals carrying or selling illegal firearms to call the police department’s non-emergency number (330) 747-7911, to report these individuals. Your identity will remain confidential.
       
      Contact Chief Rod Foley for additional details at 330-742-8921.
       


       

      Chief Probation Officer Wes Skeels was selected by the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judicial College as one of the instructors to teach a week long course on Search and Seizure. The course was designed to provide Ohio Probation Officers an overview of the elements in conducting legal, safe and effective search. The class reviewed the Ohio Revised Code and what it says about authority of the Probation Officers to search, seize and detain. The class also highlighted what tools, skills and information needed to execute appropriate searches during “hands on” situations.

       

      In addition to his duties as Chief Probation Officer Wes Skeels is working with the Supreme Court of Ohio to develop a training academy for Juvenile Probation Officers.

       


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