GRANDVIEW – City Administrator Cus Arteaga this past Tuesday told the Grandview City Council that he asked Police Chief Kal Fuller and Assistant Police Chief Mike Hopp if they had ideas regarding how the city could improve its police department.
Fuller and Hopp began looking at the department and determined the SWAT team was an area that could utilize additional support.
Hopp spoke to the council, stating research led officials to seek out an interlocal agreement with the Yakima Police Department.
The agreement will allow Grandview to benefit from the many resources Yakima’s SWAT team has at its disposal, including manpower, equipment, training and negotiation specialists.
Hopp said one officer from Grandview would become a part of the Yakima SWAT team. That officer, he said, is Grandview’s drug task force member.
He said the officer is not a regular patrol officer, leaving manpower within the city at its current levels.
“We would benefit from their experience,” said Hopp, stating Yakima’s SWAT team would provide the officer the training he needs, which he can share with other members of Grandview’s SWAT team.
The Grandview City Council approved the interlocal agreement by a 7-0 vote.