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Medina police department welcomes 4 new officers

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    Four new officers were sworn in Friday in the mayor's office at city hall by Mayor Dennis Hanwell, right. The new officers standing with Police Chief Ed Kinney, left, are, from left, James Ingram, Vincent Piccoli, Evan Scherer and Christopher Wade.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Four new police officers were sworn in Friday by Mayor Dennis Hanwell in his office at City Hall.

The officers are James Ingram, 27, of Australia; Vincent Piccoli, 23, of Medina; Christopher Wade, 26, of Elyria; and Evan Scherer, 22, of Medina.

They will start at the police academy Jan. 29 and be eligible to join the force in June. The academy is a 21-week course of training that includes strategy, weapons training, community collaboration and first aid. Once that training is complete, they’ll be full-fledged officers after a probationary period.

Police Chief Ed Kinney said the new hires bring the ranks of the Medina Police force to 39, which is full staff.

The four officers were rated extremely high in civil service testing, Hanwell said.

“They came through with flying colors,” he said. “It’s a good group of young men. They are our future leaders.”

Hanwell told each of the families he previously was police chief and worked for the department for 13 years.

“I started with the department as an officer and sergeant some 30 years ago,” he said. “It’s a great department.”

One of the new officers is well know around city hall. Piccoli’s father, Nino, is the city’s service director. Vincent Piccoli was a parking attendant for the city.

He studied criminal justice, Hanwell said.

“He’s a great young man who comes from a great family,” he said. “Nino’s work ethic is impeccable.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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