Interim Chief Issues Statement on Incident at CWSF

The Yakima Police Department has been made aware of a video posting that involves a Yakima Police officer using force while effecting an arrest last night. Maintaining public trust is one of our highest priorities, and in doing so, investigators will be collecting all available evidence as it pertains to a use of force review. Police officers are often faced with difficult situations that require immediate assessment of circumstances in order to protect the community and themselves. I want to assure our community that use of force reviews are conducted in an objective, meticulous manner that requires layers of oversight. Anyone with information concerning this event is encouraged to contact the department and share what information they may have.

The men and women of the Yakima Police Department are dedicated to serving our community with humility and respect. We strive to foster a community relationship that emphasizes accountability as one of its values.

Gary Jones
Interim Chief of Police