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Notebook: Heavy rains in canyon a possible harbinger of things to come this winter

It was a blazing-hot afternoon last week when I saw the sign in Silverado Canyon: El Nino Preparation & Evacuation Workshop Wed. July 29, 7 p.m. Silverado Community Center Sweating during the...

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Roman: Welcome to the greatest show on Earth

I saw a Tweet today that I wanted to share. It was from an officer with less than a year on the job: In terms of how addicting it is, no drug has anything on police work. Once you get in it, you’re...

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Vargas: Surprise, surprise --- complaints against police are down throughout state

The California Attorney General just released the 2014 annual report on Crime in California. The report is full of good news. Almost every category of violent and property crime has decreased in the...

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Roman: Pain of watching a family see their father get arrested for DUI cuts deep

The other night I saw something that bothered me for some reason. It wasn’t a dead body, a horrific accident, or amputated body parts. It was a family watching their father get arrested for DUI. On...

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Warrior or Guardian: The identity of a police officer isn’t really so black and white

Warrior --- A man engaged or experienced in warfare; broadly:  a person engaged in some struggle or conflict Guardian--- Someone or something that watches or protects something --...

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Roman: Homeless woman saves heroin addict

What do you see when you turn on the TV? You see conflict, chaos and people who just can’t get along. You see people who would cross a busy street just to kick a person while they’re down and...

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Vargas: An inside look at the first stage of the exhaustive hiring process at Anaheim PD

The hallway outside the Anaheim Convention Center meeting room was crowded with young men and women dressed in business casual attire. The email they had received a few weeks before stated as much:...

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Vargas: This proud mother of APD Jr. Cadet is grateful for more than her 11-year-old daughter

I recently attended the Anaheim Police Department Jr. Cadet academy graduation ceremony. As the current president of the Anaheim Cops 4 Kids board, I was lucky enough to score seating in the VIP...

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Vargas: Cops aren't paranoid, just hyper-vigilant -- and here's why they need to be

It’s been a scary week for police officers, both locally and across the country. In the past week, a mentally disturbed individual with a knife attacked an Anaheim motorcycle officer on a traffic...

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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 a...

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