Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $107,630)
Applicant Name: Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Recipient City and State: Cities of Yakima Police Department, Washington & Kennewick Police Department, Washington Total Funding Requested: $107,630 USAO/PSN: The City of Yakima is a priority location for the Eastern District of Washington United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) and has actively participated in PSN since 2017. The PSN committee has expanded to include the Kennewick-Richland Metropolitan area locally known as the Tri-Cities. Project Neighborhood: The east region of the City of Yakima is 7.55 square miles and supports approximately 41,000 persons, or 44% of the city’s population (Zip code: 98901). This region is comprised of eight census tracts, all with over 20 percent of poverty. The Tri-Cities region of Eastern Washington is defined as the Kennewick-Pasco-Richland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Benton and Franklin counties. This MSA is the home to approximately 308,293 persons, with a median household income of $70,545 and a poverty rate of 11.5%. Collectively, this area has experienced an average of 1.76% population growth from 2016-2019. The population decrease in 2020 was met with a significant increase of 4.5% in 2021 Summary of Goals/Activities: The PSN Subcommittee along with the local agencies plan to direct efforts to address persistent crime and disorder in the focus regions. The continued funding for PSN will support the following: • Objective 1: Further data-driven efforts to identify high crime areas and prolific offenders or coordination among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials; • Objective 2: Leverage data-driven efforts to identify at-risk individuals – either early offenders and/or victims – to support community stakeholders outreach efforts and social service programming; • Objective 3: Continue to foster collaboration among affected communities through a continuum of care model with service providers.