A new program for the City of Yakima is paying off, cracking down on crime and even saving lives.
YAKIMA, WA - A new program for the City of Yakima is paying off, cracking down on crime and even saving lives.
The city said the "Take Home Vehicle Program" is allowing officers to bring their patrol cars home, and it's keeping more watchful eyes on the community.
Yakima's City Manager, Tony O'Rourke, said during the past few weeks, off-duty officers have been able to track down armed robbery suspects, find a kidnap victim and pull over a drunk driver with this program.
"I think we'll continue to see their value, and continue to drive down the crime rate which this past year police were able to reduce crime by 20 percent to the city," said O'Rourke.
Purchasing an additional 74 police cars will cost the city $800,000 annually over the next six years.
The last new patrol car took to the streets this week.