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Yakima Police Partners with Spanish Radio Station to Reach Growing Hispanic Community

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Police Department is working to give the Spanish-speaking community a better understanding of how the department works. And they're taking to radio to do this.  

According to the U.S. Census, Yakima's community is made up of nearly 50% Hispanics and 40% of the community speaks a Language other than English at home. 

The Yakima Police Department says now more than ever, there needs to be a positive relationship with the growing Hispanic community, but language can be an obstacle. 

That's why KZTA 96.9 F.M. also known as "La Gran D" has given the department that much-needed forum to access the Spanish-speaking community.

"It's very important for the Hispanic community to know the police department and their roles. Sometimes they're afraid to ask questions, and when you bring entertainment which is a radio station with the police department, they feel more at east to ask those questions," said Humberto Salinas, Bustos Media General Manager. 

Patrol officers, detectives, gang sergeants and young explorers have been on the air. Some of the topics they've discussed include gang violence and career exploration within law enforcement. People can tune in every other Friday at 1 p.m. to hear the YPD guests on the air. The next show will take place on Friday October 23rd.