YAKIMA, Wa.- The Yakima police department is in the early phases of expanding, but right now they could be looking at plans that cost up to 100 million dollars. Officials say the plan isn't finalized, but as the city has grown over the years so has the need to update.
They're looking at expanding the attorney's office, the courts, and doubling the size of the city jail.
This plan is expensive, but officials say with the growing community this type of taxpayer money is needed to keep our streets safe.
"You can't expect them to work out of the back of their cars and have no facilities its all a part of a bigger picture, you need all the pieces of the puzzle not just the one on the street," Captain Jeff Schneider of the Yakima Police Department said.
The picture is much bigger than simply updating officers equipment. The Yakima police department needs to expand their crime analyst division, their support staff, and create more space for inmates.
They have begun the processby moving the communications department and 911 call center off location to secure more space.
This plan is still in the early stages and city manager Tony O'Rouke will be meeting with the safety council committee later thismonth to secure plans and move forward with the project.