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Roman: 'You just can't make this stuff up'

Below is a collection of quirky stories and strange calls traffic officer John Roman encounters on the job. He sees dead people The other day, I was on my way to a collision call when dispatch...

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Vargas: When it comes to workplace violence, the past can come back to haunt you

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 397 workplace-related homicides in 2013. So every day, on average, more than one person is being murdered in his or her workplace. And in 2013,...

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Roman: Why this tweet from Boynton Beach, Florida police chief is worth repeating

"Nine officers murdered in 10 days. No national outrage...and you know what? Our men & women in blue KEEP holding that line.” --- Chief Jeffrey Katz of the Boynton Beach Police Dept., Florida I...

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Roman: Every night at work I’m reminded why I’m thankful for all that I have

The other night I responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision call where a pole had been struck. When I arrived, I saw the driver and his vehicle in a parking lot with a flat front tire and a...

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Vargas: With Prop. 47, the State of California has taken enabling to a whole new level

There seems to be a lot of controversy about the wisdom of Prop. 47 and its impact on crime rates. If you may recall, a whopping 60 percent of voters passed the initiative then called the "Safe...

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Roman: Despite ‘brain matter’ on scene after horrific crash, this driver still was talking

I pulled up to the accident scene and saw a car that looked like the Incredible Hulk had just torn it open and tossed it into a pole like an empty Coke can. Half the car was crushed beyond...

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Vargas: ‘God shined through’ Anaheim PD Sgt. Todd Kridle, a special officer and father

On Monday, the Anaheim Police Department said goodbye to a member of their family. Sgt. Todd Kridle passed away Aug. 11 after battling stomach cancer for nearly a year. I’ve written before about...

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Now playing at a cinema near you: paranoia that some psycho is going to shoot the place up

Suddenly, going to the movies has become a very scary thing. In the last few months the safety and security of movie theaters has been at the forefront of news coverage. Just about every day there...

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Vargas: With legal issues unresolved, body cams are far from a black-and-white issue

It seems every week there is more controversy regarding police use of body cams and the public’s right to know. With more and more departments introducing the technology, the issues are starting to...

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Vargas: Sure, being a cop is all fun and games -- until you have to wrestle with the naked guy

My wife and I just watched “Let’s Be Cops” this past weekend. I’m not much for cop movies --- dramas or comedies. They are too farfetched from reality for me to really enjoy without being...

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