"Right in this area responding to fights in progress,” said Joe Chiprez. “A lot of calls with gang activity and stuff. Calls with people swinging bats at each other."
That was back in 2011. Now Sunnyside Patrol Officer Joe Chiprez says he rarely sees violent crime in this neighborhood.
"It just seems a lot safer here in Sunnyside where I don't have an issue having to walk across the street or run after hours," said Valerie Ibarra.
Sunnyside Police said their gang elimination strategy has cracked down on a lot of crime. And neighbors notice the difference.
"They had the spots marked where he was shot and where he had laid on the ground," said Delbert Conry.
A shooting that happened down the street from Delbert a year ago had him feeling uneasy. Sunnyside added four officers in 2012. And Delbert said he immediately feels safer with extra patrols.
KIMA compared violent crime in Sunnyside for the first half of the year since 2011. There was a homicide each in the last two years. None so far this year. Major assaults have been cut in half since 2011. Weapon offenses are down almost 70% during that same time.
"We see a lot more families out for walks, families hanging out in the park, walking the streets, walking along the sidewalks," said Joe.
There were 61 assaults each of the last two years in Grandview. And weapon violations dropped from 22 to 18 over the same time period.