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Yakima police keeping the fair safe

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Central Washington State Fair is in full swing this week, and with thousands of people going through the gates, there are bound to be some problems.

The Yakima Police Department is hard at work, keeping fairgoers safe.

It's a job they've been doing for about eight years now, and it's definitely made a difference.

Captain Rod Light says in the past there were serious issues at fair. Things like drugs, gang activity and violence. But since YPD has taken over, it's become a much more family friendly event.

And this is the best year yet! Captain Light says they've seen only a few issues, and everyone is having fun.

"Many of the officers have been approached and have been thanked by the community for being here and providing a very safe environment for families to come out and enjoy themselves, " said Capt. Light.

He says they have a zero tolerance policy at the fairgrounds now. If there are any issues, or even concerns, officers will escort people out to keep everyone safe.

The fair goes until Sunday night so there's still plenty of time to come down and enjoy all the festivities.