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Yakima Police Trade Future Pay Increases for 74 New Cars

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UPDATE: YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima City Council has approved a plan to buy 74 new patrol cars that officers will drive home while off duty.

The cars will be delivered over 10 months, starting in October.

 

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima Police will give up their wages increases for the next two years in order to pay for a fleet of new cruisers.

The Yakima City Council voted Tuesday night to consider an ordinance that would give every patrol officer a police car to take home while off duty. 

City Manager Tony O'Rourke says the new cars will help increase police visibility and hopefully deter crime while allowing off-duty officers to quickly respond to emergencies.

The city says the program to buy 74 new cars will cost nearly $5 million dollars. The patrol officers' union agreed to give up officer's pay increases to help offset costs.

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