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1980's History...

The Poland Township Police Department began providing services on January 1, 1978. Former township trustees David Ludt, Nick Jeswald, and Jack Raupple hired Lee Goodin as the first Chief of Police. The original staff included a Chief of Police, four full-time patrol officers, and four reserve officers.

The original uniform, which Chief Goodin designed, consisted of black shirts, gray trousers with a black stripe, and gray campaign-style hats. The department fleet consisted of two 1977 Dodge police cruisers that were white with a blue stripe on each side. Each new police cruiser cost $4,500.00.

1990's History...

Police Chief Carl Massullo was appointed Acting Chief on August 7, 1991, and full-time chief on January 1, 1992. The department consists of seven full-time and four part-time officers under the general supervision of the Chief of Police. Chief Massullo changed the police uniforms to the traditional blue uniforms. The department has a D.A.R.E. officer and a certified firearms instructional officer.

During the 1990s, great strides were made toward professionalizing the department’s training programs and purchasing additional equipment. In November 1995, the Board of Trustees authorized the construction of a new police complex to house a growing police department.

2000's History...

Poland Township wishes a heartfelt farewell to the police chief. Poland Township Police Chief Brian Goodin had been a policeman in Poland Township for 38 years, the last 18 as chief.

Wednesday night, February 16, 2022, was about saying thanks and good luck. “I can’t take credit for everything. These guys made this department, and the community made this department. I just happened to be the person who was part of it,” Goodin said.

Of everything he’s done in law enforcement, Goodin says his most rewarding was teaching D.A.R.E., a program that teaches students to lead lives free of violence and drug abuse.

2020's History...

Poland Township swears in the new police chief. Poland Township Trustees have hired Detective Greg Wilson as Chief of Police.

Wilson will be sworn in on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. at the Poland Township Administrative Building at 3339 Dobbins Road.

Most recently, Wilson has been assigned to the Poland Investigative Unit by Chief Goodin and has been serving as Poland Township’s detective and is a Mahoning County Task Force member, working with the F.B.I., D.E.A., and A.T.F.

“I’m very excited for myself, this police department, and the community,” Wilson said. As chief, he plans to bring back their K-9 program, increase training, and develop community outreach programs. “We’re going to try a couple of conventional programs like ‘Coffee with a Cop’ — our officers maybe once or twice a year go into the coffee shop, just sit down with our officers and be able to talk to them,” Wilson said.

Chief Wilson, a 1990 Poland Seminary High School Graduate, was employed as a part-time police officer for Youngstown State University, Howland Township, the City of Struthers, and Poland Township prior to being hired as a full-time patrolman for Poland Township in 1997.