A major effort to fight violent crime in Yakima continues with major success according to the Yakima Police Department. Officers have joined forces from a dozen local state, and federal law enforcement agencies for what’s being called Operation Invictus. According to the Department's Twitter page authorities have made 69 arrests with 41 being gang related. They've seized 8 firearms, $7,200 in cash, 2.69 pounds of drugs and three cars.

The goal of Operation Invictus, which is an element of Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Violent Crime Reduction Initiative, is simple – make communities safer.

Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray says immigration enforcement is not an element of the operation.

He says all of the agencies involved in the operation are focused on apprehending known, violent fugitives regardless of their residency status,
Anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of a violent crime fugitive is encouraged to contact the Yakima Police Department at (509) 575-6200 or by calling 9-1-1. Tips can be also be reported to Yakima County Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-248-9980, on the organization’s website at crimestoppersyakco.org.