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At the Yakima Police Department, we believe in building relationships—relationships between ourselves and the community we protect, relationships between our fellow officers and their families, and personal relationships to support us in what we do every day.

That is why at YPD, we believe in providing our members a fulfilling work environment, excellent pay and benefits, and a supportive community so they can stay focused on the life-saving duties they perform.

At YPD we pride ourselves on taking care of those who take care of our community members every day and we know it makes all the difference.

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YPD Accepting New CPL Applications

September 25, 2020

Effective immediately, original (new) concealed pistol license (CPL) applications are being accepted. Applicants can apply online and schedule their fingerprint appointment. They are also able to complete and schedule their… Read More

Two Sunnyside Police Officers Involved in Shooting Incident

September 18, 2020

Members of the Yakima Valley Special Investigative Unit were called to the city of Sunnyside on Thursday, September 18th around 7:55 pm after two Sunnyside police officers were involved in… Read More

11-Year-Old Girl Injured During Wednesday Morning Drive-By Shooting

September 16, 2020

At about 1:20 am on Wednesday, September 16th, officers from the Yakima Police Department (YPD) responded to a report of shots fired in the 1600 block of South 12th Avenue…. Read More

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Message from Chief Matt Murray…

Hi, I’m Matthew Murray, Yakima’s Chief of Police. I’ve been a police officer for nearly 30 years, and I’m proud to be leading our great police force here in Yakima. We believe that to effectively police in a community, there has to be trust—and trust is built in relationships. That’s why, since starting as Chief of Police, I’ve made it a priority to get out into the community and get to know people. If you see me or other officers in your neighborhood, we invite you to come say hello or just give us a wave. It’s our goal to build relationships and ultimately reduce crime. When police know their community and have earned the trust of its residents that builds stronger, safer communities. Communication is a powerful tool in bringing communities together and keeping them safe. This website is designed to help you find what you need. If you have questions, please let us know. We’re here to listen and connect.

– Chief Murray

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TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT
The Yakima Police Department has implemented a traffic calming project in the 900 block of East Chestnut Ave restricting all traffic to local traffic only. When the signs and barricades are present the only vehicles that should be allowed in this area would be for immediate business with the residents. This is expected to continue until October 5th, 2020.
#CommUnity

TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT
The Yakima Police Department has implemented a traffic calming project in the 900 block of East Chestnut Ave restricting all traffic to local traffic only. When the signs and barricades are present the only vehicles that should be allowed in this area would be for immediate business with the residents. This is expected to continue until October 5th, 2020.
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The news reported a few weeks ago about the large number of drive-by shootings happening in this block.

I don’t know how this beat out the idea for the banner that reads “No drive-by shootings on this road” 🤔

This is great! I’m sure the people doing the drive by shootings will surely obey the sign. 😂🙄

We don’t want people to use these roads, so we are going to block them.... Yes you have the right to do this however what the hell is the point? Using a right to restrict others right to travel is just ridiculous. Let’s use this brainpower elsewhere! Absolutely ridiculous in my opinion. Whoever came up with traffic calming needs to be told no more often.

Please tell me how road closed traffic signs are going to stop drive bye shootings? I would seriously like to know, since the stricter gun control laws didn’t work to slow it how are a few signs supposed to?? 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

Union gap has one on autanum and it doesn't calm me at all

Correct Douglas

Dumb doesn’t work

Maybe, slowing traffic allows observation.

Why? What exactly is the point?

Knee jerk reaction....

What the hell is traffic calming? You made that up

am I arriving late? this is a FB page for YPD?

Good job 👏

Funny cuz the alleys are still open

What's the point

What?

Why?

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This is good for the residents on that street. It will give them some comfort for awhile anyway.

Uhhhh *ultra* government gone bad

Think.....

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***Update, Nicole has been contacted and is safe. Thank you all for sharing and helping her family locate her!***

Please be on the lookout for missing person Nicole P Mussachia. Nicole was last seen in the area of S 3rd St on Tuesday 09/22. Nicole may be hanging around the area of N 1st Street in Yakima. Nicole has a very distinct pink Mohawk and will be easy to spot. Please call 911 if she is located. Reference YPD missing persons case #20Y037784

***Update, Nicole has been contacted and is safe. Thank you all for sharing and helping her family locate her!***

Please be on the lookout for missing person Nicole P Mussachia. Nicole was last seen in the area of S 3rd St on Tuesday 09/22. Nicole may be hanging around the area of N 1st Street in Yakima. Nicole has a very distinct pink Mohawk and will be easy to spot. Please call 911 if she is located. Reference YPD missing persons case #20y037784
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I have been seeing her in recent weeks at Cascade Apartments. I'm pretty sure I have seen her in the last couple of days, but I am not positive. I will keep an eye out, as she has been here daily. Definitely her, though.

Awww prayers she will be found safe.

Praying for a safe return home. Shared in the West Valley area.

She is so beautiful! I’m glad she was found and is safe.

Shared in 98520 pray she will come forward

She’s my Facebook friend haven’t seen her post since the 13th hope she’s okay ♥️

Nicole come home we love you

And that’s why people don’t take this missing person shit serious cuz of people like this they go missing for a couple of days and come back like nothing and kids that are really missing are still out there cuz people be thinking that it’s a run away that will come back just cuz they see so many cases like this !!!

I seen her today on yakima ave walking with a guy. Passing by olive garden maybe you can pull up cameras

She was on the city bus at 630pm tonight my daughter loved her hair lol and wanted me to cut it like that lmao thats how i noticed her she was on bus 8 abd hot off at the mission

I think she hangs out around Kiwanis park too

Crazy shit wtf maybe she just needed some space and time alone why do this ..

Yakima Police Department, you do not need to do FB to locate ppl

I seen her at the transit 4 hours ago

I seen her at Walmart the other day!

Wth?

Tabitha Jones

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Jari Hickman

I saw her walking down Front Street across from NorthTown coffee on Thursday (9/23) at 1pm.

I saw her forsure Sept 23 yakima ave and 2nd street around 1130 am the hair and tattoos caught my eye!!

Seen her at the ampm on first st

She was seen on nachees ave this after noon in front of the old triump building 9-25-20

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FROM CHIEF MURRAY:

This is a difficult post to write.  I sense that there will be very strong feelings by many.  But I think the issue is too important for me to be silent.  

On September 14, 2020, 14 year old Charlie Taylor was shot and killed in Yakima.  He was a documented gang member, and certainly made bad choices and engaged in some bad acts.  But he was from Yakima.  He was ours.  And his death is a community tragedy.

We received an email from one of Charlies teachers.  I received permission to share it.  I hope you read it.  It definitely humanizes Charlie.  I also hope you refrain from ugly comments and assigning blame.  My true hope is that we band together and relentlessly look for opportunities to prevent further tragedies.  Our community has suffered enough - and the violence has to stop.

I learned today that Charlie Taylor, 14 year old Yakima boy died today in a gang related shooting. 

He couldnt remember my name so he called me teacher, this made me giggle because my name plate was in front of him, and he was a great reader. Finally he gradually started calling me by name. 

Charlie touched my heart. His shy smile was contagious, and he made me smile and laugh at so many little things. I loaned him my special coloring pencils over the weekend to work on his drawings, he was especially proud of his sunflower. He returned the pencils that Monday morning, without me asking for them. I told him he could keep them but he avidly told me I took a long time sharpening them, to return them to you teacher. 

As a class we would go out and play basketball, Charlie gently taught the other students to shoot hoops, and how to throw and catch a football. Never overthrowing it, always making his classmates feel like a success. When they played the board game SORRY, Charlie would discretely read the cards to the students that couldnt read. All without being asked, never being unkind to them, showing them dignity.  

We celebrated Charlies 14th Birthday in class, unaware that it would be his last. Charlie will be in my heart forever, he is missed. I still have his signed basketball. I will never look at it the same again.

Mrs. Chance
Paraeducator, NVMS

You may ask, What can I do?  There are a thousand things we can do.  Read to kids at a school, volunteer at a non-profit like Madison House (gang outreach), volunteer at the police department, donate to charity, abate graffiti, deliver meals to the elderly, be kind to the people you see, be nice to others online.  And on and on.  

But we should all look in the mirror and ask what more we can do.  Because tragedies like the death of Charlie Taylor are unacceptable.  We can do better. 

Chief

FROM CHIEF MURRAY:

This is a difficult post to write. I sense that there will be very strong feelings by many. But I think the issue is too important for me to be silent.

On September 14, 2020, 14 year old Charlie Taylor was shot and killed in Yakima. He was a documented gang member, and certainly made bad choices and engaged in some bad acts. But he was from Yakima. He was ours. And his death is a community tragedy.

We received an email from one of Charlie's teachers. I received permission to share it. I hope you read it. It definitely humanizes Charlie. I also hope you refrain from ugly comments and assigning blame. My true hope is that we band together and relentlessly look for opportunities to prevent further tragedies. Our community has suffered enough - and the violence has to stop.

"I learned today that Charlie Taylor, 14 year old Yakima boy died today in a gang related shooting.

He couldn't remember my name so he called me "teacher", this made me giggle because my name plate was in front of him, and he was a great reader. Finally he gradually started calling me by name.

Charlie touched my heart. His shy smile was contagious, and he made me smile and laugh at so many little things. I loaned him my special coloring pencils over the weekend to work on his drawings, he was especially proud of his sunflower. He returned the pencils that Monday morning, without me asking for them. I told him he could keep them but he avidly told me "I took a long time sharpening them, to return them to you teacher".

As a class we would go out and play basketball, Charlie gently taught the other students to shoot hoops, and how to throw and catch a football. Never overthrowing it, always making his classmates feel like a success. When they played the board game SORRY, Charlie would discretely read the cards to the students that couldn't read. All without being asked, never being unkind to them, showing them dignity.

We celebrated Charlie's 14th Birthday in class, unaware that it would be his last. Charlie will be in my heart forever, he is missed. I still have his signed basketball. I will never look at it the same again."

Mrs. Chance
Paraeducator, NVMS

You may ask, "What can I do?" There are a thousand things we can do. Read to kids at a school, volunteer at a non-profit like Madison House (gang outreach), volunteer at the police department, donate to charity, abate graffiti, deliver meals to the elderly, be kind to the people you see, be nice to others online. And on and on.

But we should all look in the mirror and ask what more we can do. Because tragedies like the death of Charlie Taylor are unacceptable. We can do better.

Chief
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My daughter went to school with him at NVMS and though they weren’t really friends and didn’t hang with the same crowd she stated he was always very nice and always respectful!! So sorry to his family, may he RIP!

Thank you Chief Murray for sharing this. Your gift of empathy is an enormous asset to our community and I for one am blessed and honored that you came to Yakima to be our Police Chief. I deeply appreciate you seeing the whole person. May God be near the loved ones who lost their child to senseless violence and may our community be healed. Thank you sir for playing a part in that.

I pray for this family and our kids daily they go through so much .... Instead of bashing kids and families we need to come together and pray for thoses ones... my Prayers over the children of our valley 🙏 ❤

At the end of the day, this was a child who got caught up in a life far too complicated for him to even understand. And it took his life.

Thank you Chief, every mother would appreciate a response such as this if it were their child. He had so much promise and so little time. RIP Charlie 😢

Thank you Chief Murray. Our Naches community has had a lot of loss of young lives. My son came home, after spending the night with friends, to share Charlie was the victim of the shooting the night before. He was solemn. Often I had encouraged my son to be friendly to Charlie; he was looking to belong. In such a small community, kids of all walks of life have an impact on the children and adults. We can hope our kids can learn strength and friendship from knowing Charlie.💔

Thank you Chief Murray for showing your heart. I hope this inspires all of us to reflect and then act because it really does "take a village" to share in the raising of our children. I believe the more specific the options or directions offered for the community to help, the better. Otherwise, we may founder. Thank you again.

Thank you chief, it is such a heartbreaking ending, but you are an amazing person for sharing this. We could all use a little empathy now days. Keep up the great work and the undaunting task of keeping our city safe, I for one appreciate you and your men and women who risk their lives everyday too keep ours safe, god bless us all

It is so easy to stand back in judgment of other’s choices. He is someone’s son, grandson, etc. and just like we love our own children through their bad choices, I’m sure his family loved him too. My heart goes out to everyone involved in this tragedy.

So sad that many young children are losing their lives to this garbage. May god continue to be with his family.

For many students school is their safe place and it is paras and teachers that help provide them a sense of self and worth in their otherwise overwhelming lives.

Dear Chief Murry, I am reading this in our home in Anchorage, AK. My heart is breaking after reading of the death of this fine young man. The teachers letter brings light to Charlie's heart and soul. Yakima was our home for more than 30 years while raising our family. We still own and rent our home for when we retire and move back. This tragedy is deeply felt even though I never knew him personally. As someone who worked in education for 16 years and made an effort to reach the heart of all students... iit iis so sad to lose him. Thank you for posting. It takes people like you to make such a difference. Let's all do more. Be kind always. 💞

Thank you for posting this. We have all done things regret or wish we would have done better in. It’s tragic to hear about losing such a kind hearted soul and it sad he was wrapped up in gangs and that lifestyle. RIP

Thank you for your post, Chief Murray! As a retired teacher, I have lost students this way. It’s heartbreaking because each had a redeeming quality like Charlie. Although there are many ideas on solving gang issues, I hope our local school districts continue to employ school resource officers as I have seen it’s positive impact on students and staff. 😊

Thank you for sharing this, it allows us to see this boy in pure form❤️ it breaks my heart b/c no matter how he lost his life, he was a son & brother. May he Rest In Peace & prayers to his family.

Thank you Chief Murray for sharing Charlie's life with us. We all are quick to judge but we don't know what kids go thru. He sounded like a great kid just made a bad choice, which we all have done. RIP Charlie.

This is devastating and at the same time a beautiful response from YPD and his teacher. These kids need love and support and it truly takes a village. I’m grateful that Charlie has a teacher that saw the best in him and valued him as a student. The polarization of “us” vs “them” ... whoever “them” are is so harmful to our communities. Thank you for coming at this in the opposite spirit and recognizing the loss across the board.

Thank you for humanizing this young man. I don’t live in Yakima, but this post makes me jealous that you have a Chief who is able to reach out to his community is such a wonderful way. Chief saw Charlie as a person not just another statistic.

Thank you for sharing this, Chief Murray. There are two sides to every story. We need compassion because these are our children. Could have been any one of us.

Thanks Chief. You are out to make a difference and I appreciate your efforts 100%. I’d love to see more stories behind the tragedies. I agree as well, I’ve seen gang members show to greatest respect and protection when they are just loved for who they are. I’d love to see us all learn how to love others for who they are. I’m white I’m a parent I struggle with my own teen and I believe there are many factors that lead to people making bad choices in their lives. To blame 1 thing/person would be a tough thing to prove, and why? Why do we want to blame and shame? Could we work on our own bitterness/offenses so that we can possibly love♥️. Either way it’s each of our choices. I choose love as much as I possibly can, I’m human just like you. Thank you for sharing this story ♥️

Thank you Chief Murray for bringing some love back to our community in Yakima. Also much gratitude to our teachers and paraprofessionals out there shepherding and loving on our kids.

May he Rest In Peace🙏 He was a good kid just that he made the wrong choice of joining the gangs. I knew Charlie he was my son’s friend he was a sweet boy and very respectful. We all make mistakes and joining the gangs was one of his but he was a great kid no matter what other people say about him if you didn’t know him don’t disrespect by talking bad about him.

Dear Chief Murray, it takes a great chief and a bigger man to write this. The teacher Mrs. Chance also a great teacher whom saw a child beyond a gang member. I moved out of Yakima county to a small country town to get away from the gangs for my four children. I was born and partially raised in Yakima and it breaks my heart to see how much has changed over the years. I felt my kids had a better chance in life away from Yakima. I still have family and friends there. But this gives me hope someday Yakima might be able to do more for the children so they don’t go into gang violence and maybe some will escape the gangs. Which is not easy and could cause their death. I still remember the first drive by shooting in Yakima and it really bothered me. I worked as a EMT when care ambulance and medic one was up and running. I worked in St. Elizabeth ER too. It’s been years since then and I’ve worked as a Deputy coroner, EMT, Firefighter. So over the years I’ve seen things that I wish I have not. I’m sorry for this young mans senseless death and the families and friends loss. I pray that sometime in our future we see a decrease in gangs and a increase in children being children again. Prayers to your communities. And a special blessing for that teacher, and your Police department. This was a wonderful but sad post.

OMG. Thank you for sharing this so people see the other side of gang life. I'm crying. If we are not all responsible, then nobody is responsible. It takes a village, truly, to raise kids. We never know what their home life is like, what struggles and battles that they face, but they are our future and they deserve a future.

These kind of stories break my heart. Of course my first thought when I hear them is wow what a stupid kid being involved in a gang, he should've known better. But then I stop and think about what happened that made them decide to join the gang in the first place. He was so young & obviously not all bad. We need to do better for these children. RIP Charlie 💔

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TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT
The Yakima Police Department has implemented a traffic calming project in the 900 block of East Chestnut Ave restricting all traffic to local traffic only. When the signs and barricades are present the only vehicles that should be allowed in this area would be for immediate business with the residents. This is expected to continue until October 5th, 2020.
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***UPDATE: Anthony has been located and is safe. Thank you to everyone who shared***

Please help find 15-year old Anthony Jerome Swan, who ran away from home on 09/10/2020. He was possibly wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. If you can help, call the Yakima Police Department at 509-575-6200. Reference case number 20Y035684, Detective M. Williams.
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NHTSA and the Ad Council launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that urge parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future at every stage of life, by making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight.

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