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Emphasis patrols doing the job

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YAKIMA--It's been about two weeks since police began emphasis patrols to fight increased gang violence, and officers say the patrols are working.

Since Yakima City Council approved $80,000 for more policing, there was been one confirmed shooting.  Police say that's a relatively good rate compared to earlier this summer.

Police want to make the extra money last as long as they can.

"We're going to try to change it up a little bit," Sgt. Erik Hildebrand, Yakima Police Department, said.  "We'll mix it up so they don't know when we're done, and stretch it out a little bit longer, so that they still see the impact of us out there."

The gang unit has several long-term investigations underway right now. Hildebrand is the lead officer in the gang unit.

He believes we could see another bust like the one last week that got dozens of guns and thousands of dollars in drugs off the streets, and put several suspected gang members behind bars.

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