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Yakima police officer promoted

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Yakima, WASH.--The Yakima Police Department has a new sergeant.

Uriel Mendoza was promoted Friday after serving 16 years as an officer.

He decided to go into law enforcement after serving as a reserve officer for Pasco's police department.

Mendoza has spent time as a detective doing different assignments, including drug cases, major crimes and property crimes.

He is currently assigned to the Yakima Housing Authority.

"To be able to mentor, coach and guide my new officers though their everyday law enforcement activities as they serve the public {is exciting,} said Mendoza.

Mendoza's family, Yakima's City Manager and the Police Command Staff all attended Friday's ceremony.

Mendoza's wife presented the sergeant with his new badge.