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Yakima Law Enforcement Keeping Holiday Activities Safe

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YAKIMA, Wash - The Fourth of July is meant to be a fun, family celebration and Yakima police are determined to keep it that way.
Lieutenant Mike Pollard said nine officers will be circulating the state fairgrounds all throughout the day and into the night. More police will also be on hand to assist with heavy traffic in the area.
Lt. Pollard said for the most part everyone is typically on their best behavior during the annual event, and they hope their presence will keep things calm once again this year.

"Whenever anybody sees police it's always a deterrent," said Lt. Pollard. "So that's our goal, make sure that everything is safe and everyone has a good time."
Some people said they've felt safer at the fairgrounds these past couple of years during the Fourth of July celebration. One man said he doesn't see as many fights or bad behavior in general.
Police will be at the fairgrounds until festivities shut down around 11 p.m.