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Vargas: Law enforcement prevented Trump protests in Anaheim from veering out of control

On Wednesday, I went to the Anaheim Convention Center to cover the Donald Trump rally for Behind the Badge OC --- not really the rally itself but the demonstration and police response. The night...

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Vargas: The amazing story of APD’s Bruno underscores the human side of policing

Bruno, the celebrity Anaheim Police K9 officer, passed away early Wednesday, June 18. He never fully recovered after having surgery related to complications from being shot two years ago. Bruno’s...

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‘SketchCop’ excerpt: Brothers to the bone

Editor’s note: Michael W. Streed is a retired Orange Police sergeant, owner of SketchCop Solutions and author of the book, “SketchCop: Drawing a Line Against Crime.” You can get his...

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Vargas: At library event, Anaheim officers compare fictional world of cops with reality

“The lieutenant was a compactly built man with a round head under short-cut grizzled hair and a square face behind a short-cut grizzled mustache. A five-dollar gold piece was pinned to his necktie...

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Vargas: Besides innocent victim, gang-related homicide lays waste to five young lives

Five young people were arrested this week on suspicion of homicide in Anaheim. In custody for the Nov. 14 shooting death of Eduardo Curiel Molina were Fernando Jesus Castillo, 19; Martin Fernando...

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Vargas: Anaheim PD taps into Facebook for traffic enforcement efforts

  I think we all have to admit that one of the least popular people in any police department is the traffic officer. There are few people who will admit they deserve a citation, and even...

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Vargas: This proud mother of APD Jr. Cadet is grateful for more than her 11-year-old daughter

I recently attended the Anaheim Police Department Jr. Cadet academy graduation ceremony. As the current president of the Anaheim Cops 4 Kids board, I was lucky enough to score seating in the VIP...

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Vargas: Peaceful gathering for supporters of law enforcement scores a touchdown

On Sunday I took a break from the football playoffs to attend the Support Law Enforcement Peaceful Gathering rally at Anaheim City Hall. The rally was organized on social media with the help of Tammy...

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Vargas: Conley was a ‘CSI guy’ before TV made it popular

On Saturday, I attended the memorial service for Anaheim Police Department Forensics Supervisor Jim Conley. He passed away from a massive heart attack just 11 months after retiring. Sadly, I have...

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Roman: Jeff Tobin was our friend

Today Officer Jeff Tobin was memorialized after losing his battle to brain cancer. He was and will forever be an Anaheim Police officer. He was also our friend. I happened to be just one of...

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