Yakima in top tier nationally for crime rate

Yakima in top tier nationally for crime rate
YAKIMA - Yakima's reputation takes another hit. The city ranks among the worst in the country when it comes to crime.

A list compiled by Congressional Quarterly puts Yakima as the Tenth worst for cities comparable in size.

It's also the 58th most dangerous city out of more than 400 hundred regardless of size.

It takes into account FBI Data covering six different areas.

Finding a solution to tackle our city's high crime rate isn't an easy task.

The city and several community groups all have their ideas on how to fight crime.

Clearly, something needs to be done.

Yakima ranks as poorly as some notorious high crime cities like Compton, California and Trenton, New Jersey.

It's an uphill climb for groups working to fight the problem.

However we discovered a sense of disconnect among these groups that not only work towards the same goals, but often compete for the same resources as well.

"A lot of people who serve maybe the same population gaps didn't know other people we doing similar things," said David Rolfe, Safe Yakima Valley.

Safe Yakima Valley works to bring groups together to tackle our city's crime problems together instead of separately.

"We've been able to highlight some areas where maybe two groups were doing similar activities and they can get involved together instead of competing," said Rolfe.

Working with groups like the YWCA, OIC, the city and the YMCA to approach crime from all angles whether it's through housing or youth.

"I believe we must work together, as the federal government or grants, cut these grants...the pools get smaller," said Yakima Police Officer Rich Fowler. "So absolutely the more we can partner we're much better off."

The Yakima Police Athletic League focuses on youth and steering them in the right direction.

"You've got to get them while they're young," said Fowler.

Esmeralda Rivera has been a part of YPAL for close to 7 years.

"I just think it benefits any child out there you know," said Rivera. "It opens your mind to new things they get to experience things they would in their own house or school."

Other groups that we spoke with like the YMCA say there is value in differences that make each organization strong.

Still, the limited resources suggest there's not enough to go around without a more unified and coordinated effort.

A representative from Congressional Quarterly says Yakima wasn't ranked as one of the worst 10 cities for crime last year.