YPD relocates and remodels sex crimes unit to make victims more comfortable

YPD relocates and remodels sex crimes unit to make victims more comfortable
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A new building and remodel could make sexual assault victims in Yakima feel more comfortable sharing their horrific story with police.

YPD relocated its sex crimes unit to the former gang unit building, It was designed to be more comfortable for victims and their families. They used to have to wait in the busy police station lobby.

Interview rooms are now soundproof and have state-of-the-art video and audio recorders. Detectives say this protects privacy while ultimately getting closer to solving crimes.

"It's a very difficult subject to talk about, so normally they're talking quieter and slower," said Brenda George, of YPD. "So what we needed to do was make an environment that will pick up their voices the best."

Two workers for Child Protective Services also moved into the building. Grants paid for most of the remodeling.