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Yakima Sheriff's Office Reveals Findings from External Report

YAKIMA, Wa -  An independent assessment report says the Yakima Sheriff's Office needs to reach our more to the Hispanic community and improve community policing.

The 56-page report was put together by the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Policing.

Sheriff Ken Irwin asked the consulting firm to review YSO from the inside out.

They spoke with deputies, other law enforcement, community members and the media.

Irwin says the report talks about how the community can be a tremendous asset in the fight against crime.

"How do I make a better connection with the community, so that they can be our eyes and ears out there.  We can't have enough cops," says Irwin, "We don't want to try and afford that many cops.  We want the public to be our eyes and ears and then we react on the information."

Irwin says that's why it's so important for YSO to reach out to the hispanic community.  One problem is that they need more deputies that speak Spanish.