Columns

Vargas: The cost of an increasingly disengaged police force on society could be criminally high

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of debate about a coming crime wave. During the past month the topic has been a lead story in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN. Speculation about...

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Roman: Two words of distress that no officer wants to hear

“Officer down! Officer Down! We need units code 3!” Those were the words from our helicopter pilot in December of 2004 when he saw a car hit one of our officers. The tone in his voice told...

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Vargas: An overview of rash of bills aimed at police reform being introduced in Sacramento

I recently had a long conversation with a columnist about the rash of bills being introduced in Sacramento related to police reform. Generally, I don’t see how any of the legislation really will...

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Social media and cops: Weighing the risk of officers jumping into the fray

If you’re like most people, you’re probably on some form of social media --- whether it be Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of the many other platforms available. Police officers aren’t like...

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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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