News & Events

YPD Holds Annual Awards Ceremony

The Yakima Police Department held its annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, February 21st, at the Yakima Convention Center. Curt Oja, who is a detective in the Special Assault Unit was named Officer of the Year. Officer Frank Bowersox was also nominated for Officer of the Year. Sergeant Rich Fowler, Officers Ben Graves, Darius Williams, Joe Scherschligt, … Read More

Hundreds Attend Church Security Forum

Several hundred people attended a church security forum at Yakima Four Square Church on Saturday, January 27th.  Yakima Police Officer Nate Henyan, retired YPD officer Dave Kellett, Yakima County Sheriff Brian Winter, YSO Sergeant Aaron Wuitschick were some of the featured speakers. The sad reality is that a house of worship, at one time, was considered one of … Read More

Four Little Heroes Receive Life Saving Award

On Friday, January 5th , four local children were given Life Savings Awards from the Yakima Police Department at Cottonwood Elementary School in West Valley.  The children were honored for their heroic efforts to help a friend who had suffered a severe injury in a creek near the West Valley Park in September of 2017. … Read More

YPD and Target Spread Christmas Cheer

On Thursday, December 14th, The 6th Annual Heroes and Helpers at Target brought some Christmas cheer to 15 small children and their families. 15 Yakima Police Officers and 15 local children took part in Target’s annual event that brings together children in need to shop with an officer. Target donated $50 gift cards to each child, with the officers dipping into … Read More

No Shave November a Big Success

The  “No Shave November,”  has come to an end and a local charity is thrilled with the outcome. Fifty Yakima Police Officers participated in the fundraising event and each donated $50.00 to Children’s Wishes and Dreams, a local charity that grants wishes to children with a life-threatening or life-altering condition. The officers donated the money in lieu of … Read More

Starbucks and Hilton Host Coffee with a Cop

The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Yakima and the Starbucks at 1312 South First Street recently hosted The Yakima Police Department’s Coffee with the Cop. The event at the Hilton was part of the National Coffee with a Cop Day. Since Coffee with a Cop’s humble beginnings in Hawthorne, California in 2011, there have been thousands of … Read More

Yakima Police Officers Growing Facial Hair for a Good Cause.

The Yakima Police Department  is participating in “No Shave November”. In support of family, friends and community members dealing with cancer, employees that choose to participate, have donated $50.00, in lieu of buying shaving supplies and will then be allowed to grow their facial hair for the month.  The current YPD policy only allows officers … Read More

Great Turnout for 3rd Annual BBQ with the Cops

On Saturday, October 7th, several hundred people attended the 3rd Annual BBQ with the Cops at “The Range.” The event, which is put on by “The Range,” continues to grow every year and is a great opportunity for Yakima Police Officers to engage with community members in the hopes of improving trust between the community and … Read More

Thousands Visit YPD Booth at the Fair

A record 326,000 people attended the 2017 Central Washington State Fair at State Fair Park in Yakima and many of those fairgoers stopped by the Yakima Police Department booth.  Literature on child safety seats, counterfeit money, how to become a police officer and the Yakima Police Department Community Academy was handed out. A wrecked car … Read More

SWAT Team Climbs Mt. Adams

On August 15th and 16th,  21 members of the Yakima Police Department SWAT team, along with Yakima Police Department Patrol Officer Einar Agledal and Department of Corrections Officer Brent Martin climbed Mt. Adams. The two-day hike was for training and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the YPD SWAT team. All SWAT team members made … Read More