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Idea for a Yakima Sheriff's Posse

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YAKIMA, Wash - Volunteers helping the Yakima County Sheriff's Office arrest criminals.  That is an idea one local man wants to see happen.  Dan Tait of Yakima brought the idea to the city council Tuesday night, after he says county commissioners or the sheriff's office weren't interested.  He thinks it will save money and keep the streets safer.

The idea comes from the sheriff's office in Arizona's Maricopa County.  The county Phoenix belongs to.  They call it the Sheriff's Posse.  After many hours of training, volunteers can work in different divisions whether it is doing paper work, dispatching and even helping in the apprehension of criminals.

"Here's a way they could get all the help they needed, it's not a untried proposition, it's been done for years in Phoenix," says Tait.

I think the concept is great, whether we will have the resources to do something like that for a start up, a start up itself is very expensive," says Yakima City Council Member Kathy Coffey.

Some of the thousands of volunteers in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office can even carry guns.  Coffey says the city council will look into it and their number one priority will continue to be public safety.