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Police Chief says Yakima is getting long awaited federal aid to fight gangs

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Yakima, WASH--After two unsuccessful tries, Yakima will finally be getting major federal help to combat gangs. This is the Safe Streets Act money the Yakima Police Department and County Sheriff's office have been after for five years.

Thursday Chief Sam Granato and other city leaders met with US attorney Jim McDevitt.  Representatives from the governor's office, FBI, DEA, ATF were also at the meeting.  Granato says McDevitt laid out the details of how the new assistance will work. 

The chief says this will allow for a new approach to getting rid of gangs.  "Taking the violent, the most violent gang members we have and targeting them and taking them from the streets and sending them to prison where they belong. We're not looking at taking down one individual; we're looking at taking down organizations", he stated.

Yakima could see as much as three million extra dollars a year from this FBI managed project.  The money would go towards things like overtime for investigations, wire taps, and witness protection.