News & Events

YPD Pays a Visit to Grateful 3rd Graders

Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, Captain Jay Seely and Yakima Police Officers Scott Grant and Jake Lancaster paid a visit to Wide Hollow Elementary School Thursday, November 17th.  They visited Mrs. Durham’s 3rd grade class and delivered gifts to the students. The students had recently sent letters to YPD officers, thanking the officers for keeping … Read More

Yakima Chief Addresses Hispanic Chamber

On Wednesday October 26th, Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, along with Captains Jay Seely and Gary Jones made a presentation on policing in the 21st century to the Central Washington Hispanic Chamber.  

Great Turnout For Coffee With a Cop

On October 7th, the Yakima Police Department joined 500 other law enforcement agencies to host a “Coffee with a Cop” event.  The events were held to celebrate the first ever National Coffee with a Cop day. Coffee with a Cop is an innovative program started by the Hawthorne, California (“HPD”) in 2011 in response to tensions … Read More

21st Century Policing Highlights the Chamber Luncheon

Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, along with Captains Gary Jones and Jay Seely were the featured speakers at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon on Monday, September 12th, at the Yakima Convention Center. They spoke about policing in the 21st century and took questions from the audience.

2nd Annual BBQ with a Cop at The Range

The 2nd Annual Barbeque with the Cops held at “The Range” in Yakima on Saturday, September 10th was a success. An estimated 300 people attended the event put on by “The Range” and several local businesses. The event was held to show support for law enforcement and to allow local residents an opportunity to talk to … Read More

10-Year-Old is Yakima Chief for a Day

Ten-year-old  Esteban Cruz has been recognized by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission as the Yakima Police Chief for a Day 2016. In a ceremony held in Burien on August 18th, Chief Esteban was sworn in, along with 33 other little chiefs from around the state. Accompanying Chief Esteban for the day was Captain Jay … Read More

YPD Chaplains Offer Support

  In February 2013, the Yakima Police Department decided to have a more visible face with our Police Chaplain Unit. The police department has had chaplains within the department for decades, but typically they were a silent presence within the department. The chaplains also served our community through contact for death notifications, comfort and care, … Read More

Large Turnout for National Night Out City Wide Party

We had a wonderful turnout for the city wide National Night Out party at Sarg Hubbard Park on Monday, August 1st.  A special thanks to U.S. Cellular and  Yakima County Crime Stoppers for sponsoring the event. We would also like to thank  Steve Hahn VW-Audio, GESA Credit Union, Target, Advance Life Systems, The Yakima Police Department Explorers … Read More

Run With the Cops Fundraiser for Special Olympics Held in Downtown Yakima

The annual Fun Run with the Cops was held in downtown Yakima Friday, July 29th. One hundred forty-two runners joined several members of the Yakima Police Department in the run and they helped to raise over $8,000 for Special Olympic athletes in the Yakima Valley.  

Yakima Police Officers Honored for Saving Lives

Several Yakima Police Officers were honored on July 12th by the Yakima Kiwanis Club . The officers were honored for their heroic efforts in saving the lives of several senior citizens at the Heatherton Senior Condominiums in March of this year. Yakima Police Officer Brad Althauser, who was given the “Everyday Hero Award” first saw … Read More