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Yakima police getting started hiring new officers

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Police Department has officially hired on a new recruit.

It's thanks to a 6% utility tax increase that's being used to fund the new employees.

The new officer is one of twelve the department is hoping to hire in the next year.
But don't expect to see an increase on the streets just yet. YPD says it'll take new recruits about a year before they can patrol Yakima on their own.
They'll spend six months in the academy, and then more time on the streets with a training officer.

"It'll take him six months to get oriented to the city, the local ordinances, and just learning the basics of policing in the real environment versus the training environment," said Capt. Rod Light with YPD.

Capt. Light says the department always looks for "lateral transfers" from other departments in the state, so they can get officers on the streets faster.