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City Council Presents Plans For a Safer Yakima

Yakima, WA - The City Council is trying to come up with a new plan to fight crime in Yakima that doesn't cost extra money... This after voters rejected proposition one last November.  Today three city council members presented their public safety plans at a public study session here at city hall. They both have the same goal in mind... A safer Yakima.  One favors adding more police officers... The other wants a more balanced approach.  Tuesday...three city council members presented them at a public study session here at City Hall. 

Councilmen Micah Cawley came up with a plan that puts more officers on the streets.  He wants to hire seven new policemen, a crime analyst, and purchase three new police cars.  Cawley also wants a full time emphasis patrol... Which police Chief Sam Granato supports. 

Council members Susan Whitman and Ron Bonlender presented a plan that spreads money out throughout the whole justice system. Like Cawley's proposal, the Whitman and Bonlender plan would also bring in a crime analyst.  But it adds two less officers to YPD's force and one less police car to its fleet.  They plan use the extra money to add a municipal court clerk and put 80,000 dollars towards prosecution.  One thing both sides could agree on is a target time to decide on a plan.  They hope to pick one, or a compromise between the two, by the end of the summer.