WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Three new Warren police officers were sworn in Monday.
Joseph Wilson, 27, Jonathan Dina, 23, and Nicole Smith took the oath during a ceremony in front of City Hall. With this group, they are bringing in a U.S. military veteran and the department’s first female officer in more than 22 years.
The new hires will increase the number of officers to 63.
Police Chief Eric Merkel said he has seen the department’s ranks dwindle recently with retirements.
All three took the police academy’s written test in February.
“We want smart. We want service oriented. We want energetic, young officers, and I think we’ve accomplished that in spades today,” said Enzo Cantalamessa, Warren Safety Service director.
In addition to the new officers, the department also unveiled six new police vehicles. Three were paid for through the general fund, and three from a special law enforcement trust fund made up of assets and money seized in criminal cases.