If you see something say something. That was the message from Law enforcement Chiefs from throughout the Yakima Valley gathered at Davis High School Thursday for a Town Hall meeting called by Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic to address recent gang related violence. More than 100 people attended the meeting including Kristen Fork of Yakima who told the officers they need to work closer with local Hispanics. "It's not a community. We're not working together. The Hispanics are just a whole different demographic. A whole different culture and we keep not paying attention to each other until something directly affects us."
Yakima County Sheriff Brian Winter and other Police chiefs urged people to get more involved in block watch programs to become the eyes and ears in the community. Brusic says he called law enforcement to attend the meeting. Standing on the stage at the meeting Thursday Brusic told the audience "This is us up here wanting to improve each and every one of your communities where you live."
Brusic says law enforcement meets on a regular basis to address concerns and find ways to improve the fight against gangs. But each of the officers agree it will take a combined effort between the community and law enforcement to combat area violence. If you see something say something.