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Yakima Police Partner With Federal Authorities to Fight Crime

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It's been a quiet summer for crime in Yakima so far. The Yakima Police Department says a new partnership with Federal authorities may be one of the reasons why. It's been a quiet summer for crime in Yakima so far. The Yakima Police Department says a new partnership with Federal authorities may be one of the reasons why.
YAKIMA, WA - It's been a quiet summer for crime in Yakima so far. The Yakima Police Department says a new partnership with Federal authorities may be one of the reasons why.

The Yakima Police Department is working with the FBI, the DEA and even Homeland Security to help put criminals behind bars for longer. And it seems to be working.

Yakima police say they've seen a large decrease in crime rates so far this summer compared to last. What police are doing is charging criminals in federal court rather than bringing them up on state or county charges. This means that sentences are much longer for things like illegally possessing a firearm.

Yakima police say criminals are noticing. 

"We do know that we're taking the worst of the worst and we're putting them away for a long time, for many years," Capt. Rod Light said. "And it does have an impact on the upper structure of these gang-bangers."

The police department also credits the addition of a second gang unit for a decrease in criminal activity. Now the gang unit works 7 days a week to really keep known gang members in check.

So while the weather is heating up, it doesn't like the crime rate is following. At least not at this point.

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