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Clothesline Project showcases heartbreaking stories of victims of sexual abuse, other crimes

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, so I was invited by Community Service Programs (CSP) to view the Orange County Clothesline Project Display at Fullerton College last week. The Clothesline...

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CSP honors those who work to advocate for victims throughout Orange County

For every crime, there's a victim --- someone who has been assaulted, robbed or even murdered. With that comes the inevitable emotional trauma and feelings of vulnerability. A burglary victim...

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Vargas: Officer who used car to kill gun-toting fugitive in Tulsa made the right decision

On March 18 at about 2:30 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla. officers encountered wanted fugitive Madison Dixon. According to police spokesperson Leland Ashley, Dixon exchanged gunfire with officers while...

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Chief urges 35 new GWC police recruits to protect their character and do the right thing

On Friday, March 17, 35 police recruits graduated from the Golden West Criminal Justice Training Center. Class President Eric Velazquez, the oldest recruit in the graduating class at 39 years,...

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Vargas: An explanation for police anger and frustration

Roughly one-in-five police officers frequently feel angry and frustrated on the job, according to a new Pew Research Center poll of 7,917 sworn police officers and sheriff’s deputies in 54...

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Vargas: Friend of fallen Whittier PD officer saw the man before the badge

This past week, many of us witnessed the funeral of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer. Thousands of police officers, family and community members showed up to honor the fallen officer. While...

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Roman: How to talk to a kid with a knife to his throat

The other night a call went out over the radio about a 12-year-old who was locked in a bathroom with a knife to his throat. I heard this and gathered my paperwork. As one of my department’s...

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Vargas: Legalizing prostitution would do nothing to curb abuse, degradation of women

With marijuana now legal in California and many serious offenses being reduced to misdemeanor offenses, I knew it wouldn’t take long for calls to legalize prostitution to start. In a December...

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Vargas: Routine contact in Tulsa, Ok. turns into life-and-death struggle as camera rolls

A recent video clip from the A&E network show “Live PD” shows two Tulsa Police Gang Unit officers contacting occupants of a car that has a strong odor of marijuana. As they get them out of...

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Vargas: Portland’s swift response to protesters drawing social media support

In a video that has quickly gone viral, police officers in Portland made news for their response to protesters who were blocking traffic in the downtown area of the city on Wednesday. In dramatic...

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