News & Events

McDonald’s Host Coffee with a Cop

Several dozen local community members took time out of their day to attend the latest version of Coffee with a Cop. The CWC was held on Tuesday, April 3rd at the McDonald’s at 16th Avenue and West Lincoln Avenue. The event is held several times each year at different locations and during different times. The mission of … Read More

YPD Says Goodbye to Longtime Captain

On Friday, March 30th, The Yakima Police Department said goodbye to longtime Captain Jeff Schneider, who retired after serving the department for thirty-three years and four months. After he was hired by YPD in November of 1984, Schneider rose quickly through the ranks and made Captain after just thirteen years. He served as Captain for over twenty years, with … Read More

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