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Yakima considering a coordinator for anti-gang efforts

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YAKIMA, Wash. - City Council will get an update on new efforts for fighting gangs Tuesday night when the Public Safety Commission reports on progress made for its Free Gang Initiative.

One possible outcome from the program would be the creation of a coordinator to oversee gang prevention and intervention.

Mayor Micah Cawley says the ideas that come out of the initiative will eventually be paired with projects in other cities. He believes the Valley has to work together to take on this problem.

"Every community is going to need to find out what they can do to combat gang violence," said Cawley. "Then share ideas and then start to spread out as a regional approach over the entire county."

Speaking on the Monday after a violent weekend across the Valley, he emphasized that it's a challenge for the entire region.

"This isn't just in Yakima, it's all over the place," said Cawley.

Council members and city staff are also preparing for the annual trip to Washington, D.C. Cawley says they plan to request more funding for public safety and economic development projects.

Previous trips have brought money to Yakima to help create a regional public safety system for various law enforcement agencies. City leaders will be in the nation's capital from March 14 to March 17.