News & Events

Chief and Captain Speak to the Southwest Rotary

Yakima Police Department Chief Dominic Rizzi and Captain Jay Seely recently spoke to the Southwest Rotary Club of Yakima. This is the latest group to invite the Yakima Police Department to speak on the issue of policing in the 21st century.  

After Eight Years on the Job YPD K-9 Retires

 The Yakima Police Department (“YPD”) would like to honor newly retired K-9 “Sabre” and we would like to say thank you for his years of service to the community. Sabre began with Yakima Police Officer Jim Yates in January 2009 when he was just 12 months old and he retired January 1, 2017. He had a … Read More

YPD Officers Make It a Special Christmas For Some Local Children

The annual Heroes and Helpers was held Tuesday December 20th at Target. Twenty Yakima Police Officers each took at least one child shopping to buy presents not only for the children but also for the children’s siblings and parents.  Money for the shopping spree came from Target, private donations and from the police officers themselves.  

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