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Council Member Coffey praises Safe Streets funding for gang task force

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Assistant Mayor Kathy Coffey praised city staff and the police department Monday for securing a federal grant to fight crime.

The Safe Streets Act would provide training and funding to help Yakima Police and the department's gang task force.

Last week Coffey and other members of the council met with the public during listening meetings just before the funding was approved. She says residents from various communities told her they were worried about gang violence.

Coffey believes the Safe Streets Act will make a difference in Yakima.

"I think it will make a huge difference as far as bringing in individuals from different agencies to supplement our officers," she said.

City leaders along with Coffey previewed Tuesday's city council meeting at city's media briefing on Monday morning.

The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. regarding the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. They will also review proposed protocols for creating social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for the city.