Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi says he is looking forward to expanding the city gang unit to fight local gangs. Rizzi is doubling the unit from five to ten officers who will focus their efforts on arresting and jailing local gang members.

Five officers currently work in the gang unit for the Yakima Police Department. When they are off work, patrol officers take over the work. Five extra officers by early next year will allow the unit to work full time to tackle the areas gang problem.