White Swan police station now re-opened
WHITE SWAN, Wash.- Yakama Nation Tribal Council declared a public safety crisis in February, and within months the White Swan police sub-station reopened to combat what they say is a high amount of crime in the area.
Cathleen Barney who has lived in White Swan for many years says even with the new changes, it's still a problem.
"There's still a lot of break-in's, my husband is a Simcoe State park ranger, and he has many times had to call the cops for help and it takes them at least four to six hours for them to respond," said Barney.
Barney says her husband's workplace has been robbed and broken into several times since the sub station has opened, and says anyone here is a target, and more needs to be done.
"It's not just the businesses getting robbed or broken into either, people can't walk on the street without being mugged or having somebody trying to mess with them," said Barney.
Other locals say they have noticed more Tribal Police out patrolling the streets, and deputies from the Yakima County Sheriffs Department roaming the area.
"Usually, it's a little town, so you hear something from someone because the town is so small, and it hasn't really increased, it's decreased," said local Randy Sweowat.
The tribe also enforced an 8 p.m. curfew for the youth in White Swan, seven days a week, but locals say they still see them out walking the streets.
"There's a lot of teenagers still walking around, a lot of parents just don't discipline their kid. I think it has a lot to do with the parents, the parents need to stay on top of that," said Barney.
Others say some are still out, but not as many as there were months back before the rule was issued.
"The curfew is helping, I haven't seen a lot of minors walking around or anything like that, which is good because there is a lot of crazy things going on out here," said Sweowat.
Action News tried reaching out to Tribal Police, but couldn't be reached for comment. Yakima deputies say since the sub police station opened, their department has made over a dozen arrests.