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Roman: Officers share more than just a badge

We all have fast paced lives and that take us in different directions. Work schedules change and we slowly drift away from friends who seem to live on the opposite side of the world, but they are...

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Vargas: ‘Only good cop is a dead cop’ post especially hurtful today

Earlier this week, my sister shared a screenshot from the Facebook page of cop-hating group. The posting included a large sheet painted with the words, “The only good cop is a dead...

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Roman: Police work is full of head-scratching moments

"You can’t make this stuff up." That’s a saying in police work that everyone can relate to. It's a simple sentence that describes so much of what we see and hear during our "normal"...

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Roman: An officer’s funeral is unforgettable life lesson

I think of my family every time I hear about a police officer being killed in the line of duty. I also think how I hope it never happens to me. I never want my family to be the ones sitting in the...

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Vargas: National Police Week a poignant reminder of real threats officers face every day

It is a tragic irony National Police Week should start with the death of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Miss. Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24, were both shot and killed during a...

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Roman: Don’t let carelessness take a life away

How important is traffic safety to you? How many people were killed in the time it took you to watch your favorite TV show? Do you know how many people were killed in the time it took you to drive...

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Guest column from CSP director: O.C. law enforcement a model in aiding victims of crime

“I forgive.” Those two words might be the most difficult for any victim of violence to say. Yet, award-winning author and internationally renowned speaker Azim Khamisa knows no other way than...

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Vargas: Legitimate concerns of peaceful protesters lost in chaos of riot

What started as a peaceful demonstration regarding the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody quickly deteriorated into a full-scale riot. As I watched the images of the rioting in Baltimore,...

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Roman: Body-worn camera recorded more than expected

A few weekends ago was the first time I ever used my Taser body worn camera (BWC). It was an easy transition from the Puma audio recorder we were issued a few years ago. Like anything new, you just...

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Roman: Finally, the ‘Green Mist’ of Chino Hills explained

Was there a local legend where you grew up that no one could explain? Was there a spot that was shrouded in mystery? We had such an area in Chino Hills called, “Green Mist.” I graduated...

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