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Yakima Police Begin Full Time Downtown Bike Patrols on Monday

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Police Department will start bike patrols next Monday in downtown Yakima and continue for the next three months.

The program is in response to the 2012 citizen survey conducted by the city. The results showed people didn't feel safe in downtown, especially after dark.

The city tested the patrols on a trial basis last fall.

After some positive feedback from the community, they decided to continue the patrols this summer.

"Still, people don't feel safe so, we're hoping that when they see these officers, they see them around every day, every afternoon and in the early evening, they feel a little safer and be more likely to come downtown," said Yakima Police Captain Jeff Schneider.

Police originally conducted patrols of the downtown in the 80's and 90's, but discontinued the program because of changing priorities and a tight budget.

The new patrols will include two officers patrolling every day from late morning to mid evening.

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