Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi says the department's prostitution sting along North First Street is making an impact.

Rizzi tells KIT News the word is getting out that police are cracking down on the problem of prostitution.

“The officers say customers are coming up to the undercover officers warning them that police are working in the area.”

Rizzi says that tells him that the arrests are making an impact on the problem.

Police have also been more than arresting the suspects. They've been passing information and pictures on to local media hoping the media will publish the pictures and names of those arrested for prostitution.