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Gang emphasis patrol's continue to help reduce crime

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- An increase in gang activity in Yakima last week, prompted the Yakima Police Department to have extra officers on the streets this weekend.

This is the second gang emphasis patrol in the past month, both in response to a spike in gang activity.

During these emphasis patrol's, YPD has 4 to 6 extra officers out on a nightly basis. The thought is, more officers, more visibility, less crime.
And, for the most part, it seems to work.

Although we did see several incidents last night, YPD Gang Unit Officer Efren Morfin says gang members usually notice the increase, and a lot of the violent criminals tend to take a break while YPD is out in force.

"For this weekend what we're trying to do is just step up the patrol activity and just send a message out there and let them know that hey, we're trying to get the job done and we're going to get the job done. And they don't own the streets," said Officer Efren Morfin of the Yakima Police Dept. Gang Unit.

Not everyone lays low though. While out with Officer Morfin we responded to multiple calls, in one instance giving chase and arresting a known gang member.

So while these patrols definitely seem to be helping, YPD still has a long way to go to get things cleaned up.