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Yakima Police urge community to reach out, Officers continue to investigate recent murders

Yakima Police urge locals to take part in community outreach program to help in strengthening officer and community member relationships.

YAKIMA, Wash.- Yakima Police say they need community members to start taking steps with them as they continue to investigate a string of recent murders.

On Monday night, members of the community gathered at Together Church to hear from a panel of city and county officials and express their concerns about the recent violent activity.

Conversation shifted quickly to a lack of comfortability with police.

However, with numerous outreach programs in place such as Coffee with a Cop, Roll Call BBQ's, and after school programs, they're doing all they can.

"It's now incumbent upon other people to either help us, give us suggestions, or start to participate in some of these outreach programs. But we're doing a lot and we're looking for more,” said Chief Dominic Rizzi, Yakima Police Department.

Chief Rizzi says they are in no way undermining people's perception and are consistently working to change that perception with community members while working tirelessly to protect the city.

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