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Veteran La Habra officer is familiar face of agency through vast community involvement

Veteran La Habra PD Lt. Mel Ruiz is a big Elvis Presley fan. Agency sources say he has been known, at times, to belt out some of the legend’s hits at karaoke joints and other venues, and that...

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Longtime employee of La Habra PD now helps keep residents prepared for disaster

Ever since he first walked into the La Habra police department, at the invitation of a high school buddy who was a police explorer, David Gonzalez has been hooked on serving. Gonzalez had a chaotic...

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La Habra PD helps local children celebrate Read Across America

As communities across the nation celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2, La Habra started celebrating National Education Association’s Read Across America day a little early. Over March...

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La Habra's Michael Costanzo honored at American Legion luncheon as officer of year

In light of the Feb. 20 fatal shooting of a Whittier Police officer and the injury of a second officer, this year’s American Legion Police and Fire Luncheon began with a moment of silence and...

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Bobby, La Habra’s unique narcotics K9, continues to be huge asset for the agency

The bad guys took extra steps to make sure their ill-gotten gains would get transported with no hitches --- that the faint scent of methamphetamine on the stacks of bills would remain...

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Five of La Habra PD’s finest receive well-earned promotions

The promotions of five members of the La Habra Police Department were recently celebrated during a badge-pinning ceremony attended by family members, fellow officers and police personnel from several...

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La Habra PD joins with sergeant’s wife to urge more awareness about cervical cancer

Loretta Baylos radiates health and vigor. The wife of veteran La Habra PD Sgt. Jeff Baylos is healthy, having been cancer free for 2 ½ years. But daily, Loretta still weathers lower back and...

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Home-grown La Habra PD officer roars off into sunset after storied career

Jeff Swaim is just a few weeks into retirement, after serving for nearly 29 years as a La Habra PD officer, and he’s enjoying --- and looking --- the part. The former captain, who cut his teeth...

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The new mural in the La Habra Police station connects department’s past with its present

When La Habra PD Sgt. Dan Barnes came up with the idea for a mural inside police headquarters, he envisioned an art piece that would detail the growth of the 91-year-old department along with its...

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Kindness was key in La Habra officer’s 30-year law enforcement career

La Habra Officer Chris Koelber has made it through more than 30 years of police work by embracing a simple mantra: find the good. It wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t something he learned...

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