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Police getting overwhelming community support

October 31, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Oct. 18, the Youngstown-Columbiana Association of Realtors (YCAR) presented a check to representatives of the Austintown Police Levy Committee in the sum of $1,000. The check came from the Ohio Realtors and is an Issues Mobilization Grant.

According to a press release from the Ohio Realtors, local associations in Ohio can apply for an Issues Mobilization Grant to "mobilize" Realtor support for or against a local issue, ordinance, legislation, regulation or levy. It is a means of promoting Realtor positions and protecting private property rights by educating Realtors and the general public about national, state and local issues which affect them.

"It is important to Austintown to have a strong law enforcement agency," said Janice Stevens, 2018 President of YCAR. "First responders are critical to help keep the community safe and uphold real estate values. It is important for local Realtors to show our commitment and support to the Tri-County area."

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Representatives from the Austintown Police Levy Committee, Lt. Mark Skowron, Patrolman Josh Watkins, Patrolman Aaron Franks, and Sergeant Valorie Delmont, with 2018 YCAR President, Janice Stevens who presented the committee with a check for $1,000 to help with the upcoming levy on the ballot.

She said people looking to move into Austintown are concerned about how safe the community is, and that is a reflection on the strength of its police department.

The Austintown Police Department has been a proactive force when it comes to the safety of the township and its residents. That is evident in just what the police gear consists of today.

Lt. Mark Skowron said in his years on the force he has seen the normal officers equipment increase.

"We carry medical gloves, blood clotting items and we've been trained how to use them," he said.

The department also has four officers that work to combat human trafficking. Add the regular patrols and the school resource officers and it would be hard to move around the township without coming across an officer.

The community seems to enjoy having a department like the Austintown Police in their community. Most residents are supportive by displaying blue porch lights, signs of support, or even a treat now and then. Skowron said he can't count the number of times a person in front of a cruiser at a drive-through window has paid the bill for the officers.

To help residents who want to support the police, the levy committee came up with a different kind of signage this year. Instead of reading "Support the Police Levy" the new signs simply say "We support the Austintown Police."

"The signs can be used year-round," he said.

The signs are being paid for through donations to the levy committee. When Skowron was asked who is on the committee, he simply replied, "This is a joint effort between the entire police department and the community."



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