News & Events

YPD Invites Community Members to Use of Force Training

On March 25th, the Yakima Police Department hosted a class, which is designed to give local residents a better understanding of the use of force by police officers. The day long class was put on by the California Training Institute, and the instructor was Blair Alexander, a retired Lieutenant with the Oakland, California Police Department.  … Read More

Yakima Police Officers Honored

The Yakima Police Department held an awards ceremony on March 2nd at the Yakima Convention Center. Several YPD officers and civilian employees were honored for their efforts in 2016-2017.  Here are the award winners: Officer Bryan Elliot-Officer of the Year Officer of the Year nominees were Elliot, Detective Mike Durbin(Detective of the Year), Officer Mark … Read More

City of Yakima Statement on City Practices Concerning Immigration Status.  

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.