YPD looks to fill crime analyst post at half the cost of previous hire

YPD looks to fill crime analyst post at half the cost of previous hire
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima could re-establish a job in the police department some people thought was a waste of money.

YPD has been without a crime analyst since 2011.

At the time, the job paid a $100,000 a year. City council and officers questioned whether it was worth it.

Now, KIMA learned Yakima wants to fill the job again using money saved after four senior officers retire.

"I think the salary that we're looking at this time is certainly in line across the state with other agencies," said Yakima Police Captain Rod Light. "In the prior administration, I know we did have an analyst, that position was a supervisory position."

YPD says the analyst will make the gang unit more effective. The department says it's already talking to a candidate.

The job's on the agenda for Tuesday's Yakima city council meeting.