News & Events

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

Yakima Police Holding Roll Call BBQ’s

In the ongoing effort to build trust between the Yakima Police Department and local citizens, YPD is hosting Roll Call BBQ’s in neighborhoods throughout the city. The idea is to bring officers together with residents in neighborhoods they patrol and to allows citizens to get to know the officers.  The first Roll Call BBW was held … Read More

Yakima Police Officers Take Part in Torch Run for Special Olympics

Several members of the Yakima Police Department took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Five Officers along with Federal ATF and Homeland Security Agents each ran 5 miles and completed a 40 mile trip from south of Toppenish to Naches. The officers took over for a Tri-Cities team that ran across the state in … Read More

Yakima Motor Unit Scores Well at Regional Competition

Congratulations to three Yakima Police Officers with the YPD Motor Unit for their accomplishments at the 2016 North American Motor Officers Association Conference, which was held recently in Tulalip, Washington. Our unit received several trophies for the skills they demonstrated. The trophies included: second place overall in the Harley Division, third place in the slow race, third place in the … Read More

Ceremony Held to Honor Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

A special ceremony was held May 10th at Performance Park in Downtown Yakima to honor Peace Officers killed in the line of duty. Members of the Yakima Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol, along with a handful of citizens attended. Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, Yakima County Sheriff Brian Winter and Yakima … Read More

Hundreds Rally to Stop Violence

Several hundred people attended the “Stop the Violence Rally,” Saturday April 30th , at Miller Park. Members of the Yakima Police Department, including Chief Dominic Rizzi joined local citizens at the event.  It was put together to honor recent victims of violent crime and to also galvanize the community to work together to make Yakima a safer community.