YPD works with businesses to keep you safe

YPD works with businesses to keep you safe
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Shootings like this weekend's attack at a hookah lounge in Yakima send police in for a closer look. They try to work with business owners on changes to make you safer.

"We definitely want to work with you 100-percent,” said Rich Fowler. “Totally voluntary on your part."

It's the first step Yakima Police Officer Rich Fowler takes to help make Hani Salha's business safer. Six people were shot in the parking lot of Aladdin's Hookah Lounge Sunday. Hani wants to make sure this never happens again.

"Any gang activity whatsoever, violent crimes, weapons,” said Hani. “We'll have you arrested immediately. We will detain you and have you arrested."

YPD works with businesses to come up with safety plans in response to assaults, fights and noise complaints.

"We make sure that whatever plan of action they take is actually working for them and if it isn't, we might try something different," said Rich.

Business owners come up with the initial plan. If it doesn't work, police come up with one for them. The plans can't be enforced. But, police say businesses almost always put them in place.

"A lot of the times they come up 'yeah I never thought of that stuff' the more economical ones are pretty simple,” said Rich. “Clearing out your parking lots costs you nothing."

Hani said he's hiring four people to monitor his parking lot. He also plans to enforce a dress code at the hookah lounge.

"We're willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they're not there, they're not comfortable nor are they allowed on our properties," said Hani.

Yakima police monitor the businesses they work with on safety plans every month or two. Police identified the six people today wounded in this weekend's shooting at the hookah lounge. One remains in critical condition.