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Vargas: There are pros to using cons to achieve justice, but one must tread carefully

From the time we are children we are programmed to despise snitches. In schoolyards, tattlers and squealers lose the trust of their peers and earn a reputation nobody wants. The attitudes don’t...

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Lunch in Laguna: Police chief applauds partnership with CSP for aiding at-risk youth

Editor’s note: Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella writes about the city’s youth shelter run by the nonprofit Commuity Service Programs and how CSP’s partnership with the Laguna Beach PD...

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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 fewer...

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Roman: ‘You did CPR on my mom’

You never know who you’re going to run into on this job. On Saturday night, I got to work and headed straight to Starbucks to type reports and to get my daily drink. I walked in and headed to my...

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Vargas: Fear of having kids walk to school is causing all sorts of vehicular headaches

It’s that time of year again, when hundreds of kids across the country trek their way to school for another year. Maybe trek is the wrong word since it seems few children walk to school...

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Roman: A brief chat with a homeless person illustrates the hellish grip of drug addiction

A few weeks ago I was driving through an intersection when I noticed a transient standing on the median with a sign asking for money. On my second pass around the area I saw the same guy step into...

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Vargas: Why deciding how to handle a naked lady eating tacos in a park isn’t an easy call

A few weeks ago, I was at a gathering with a number of police officers. One of the police officers shared the call he had just come from. He had to respond to a 250-pound naked woman in the middle of...

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Roman: It was a day no one would forget

What were you doing on September 11, 2001 when you first heard about the attacks? It was after 8 a.m. on that day when my friend Robert called and woke me up. I had been asleep for three hours when...

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Roman: ‘We weren’t cops and citizens at that moment’

Everyone knows what happened on September 11, 2001, but does anyone remember the candle light vigil that was planned a few days later? Back in September of 2001,  I was on my way to work when I...

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Vargas: Few actors can claim influence Milner had on law enforcement recruitment

As many of you know by now, Martin Milner passed away this week. Like many people, I knew him best as Pete Malloy, one half of the “Adam 12” team of Reed and Malloy. His passing has brought back...

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