The Yakima Police Department is housed in the Richard A. Zais Jr, Center for Law and Justice. The building was opened in 1996, and incorporates the Yakima City Jail, Yakima City Legal Department, 911 Communications, and the Yakima Municipal Court.
YPD responds to approximately 60,000 calls for service each year, generating 25,000 criminal cases. In 2009 they made nearly 5,000 criminal arrests for non-traffic related crimes and issued 17,559 traffic tickets. The Yakima Police Department includes the Patrol, Detective and Special Operations Divisions. Within those divisions are the Gang Unit, K-9 Patrol unit, Narcotics K-9’s, SWAT, Traffic, Narcotics, and School Resource Officers..
The Community Services Office of the Yakima Police Department maintains a number of community programs aimed at preventing crime before it starts. Programs like GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) and School Resource Officers keep the police in touch with the youth of the community
Block Watch, National Night Out Against Crime and other community outreach activities encourage citizen involvement in crime prevention.
The Yakima Police Department is continually striving to increase the level of criminal investigative technology expertise in the department. New personnel, equipment and skills have put YPD on the cutting edge of this modern field.
Crime reporting and statistical analysis puts state of the art tools in the hands of officers and keeps the public informed of conditions in the area.
Early Police Force
The Yakima Police Department has been protecting and serving the citizens of Yakima since the late 1800s. The department was originally comprised of just three officers, and by 1909 had grown to 11 regular officers. Today, the department has grown to a current force of over 140 officers and a support staff of approximately 20 civilian employees.
The officers in this photo were the entire Yakima Police Department in 1909. They are identified as, (from left to right) Bert Kayaw, “Big Ben”, and Jack Bagsby.