YAKIMA, Wash.--People living in Yakima could see more police patrolling their streets soon.
During Tuesday night's city council meeting, if the council approves to expand the police assigned vehicle program we could see 74 more police cars out on these streets.
The city manager said right now, there could be as little as four and as many as 17 patrol cars out on any given day.
The city said providing each patrol officer with their own take home vehicle will give police greater visibility in our community.
According to last year's citizen survey, only 26 percent of Yakima residents feel like they're protected from being a victim of a violent crime. The city manager hopes that more police presence will make people feel safer.
"Also, will allow us to respond more quickly to larger emergencies because police officers won't have to return downtown to get assignments," said City Manager Tony O'Rourke. "They can go right from their home, which in other cities has been significant for both their man made or natural disasters."
The cost of purchasing 74 more patrol cars is $4.7 million. However, O'Rourke said police officers agreed not to get cost of living pay increases over the next two years, effectively saving the city $4.4 million.
The city manager said more money will also be saved by increasing productivity time, meaning it won't cost taxpayers anything more.