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Kennewick Favors Anti-Gang Ordinance

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - As support against gangs grows in the Yakima Valley, Kennewick city leaders are pursuing the possibility of an anti-gang ordinance of their own.

Kennewick now joins Yakima, Toppenish and Grandview, examining Sunnyside's ordinance to see if it could work for them.

Kennewick police said the city isn't ready to draft a new law, but it is interested in any tool that keeps streets safer.

"We're always looking for innovative ways to combat crime. To answer your question, we've already taken the first step. We have our legal department reviewing their ordinance right now," said Sgt. Scott Child, Kennewick Police Dept.    

Although Kennewick supports the idea. Richland, West Richland and Pasco are not following the trend.

Pasco adopted a zero tolerance policy over ten years ago, and they say it's worked for them.

"We went into neighborhoods removed gang houses. In some cases bulldozed them, and put new people in the neighborhoods, and it changed the whole dynamics of the neighborhood," said Chief Denis Austin, Pasco Police Dept.    

Pasco police said they arrest gang members who commit crimes, and area lawyers prosecute them to full extent of the law.