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Vargas: Collecting DNA during booking should be as routine as fingerprinting

In the past several months, several cases have highlighted the effectiveness of DNA in holding people accountable for their crimes. In Anaheim, a homeowner gets into an altercation with a burglary...

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Roman: You never know when hatred is going to be spewed your way

Let me first say this. For the most part, the people I deal with are pretty nice. Most of my calls involve normal people who crash into each other and they’re happy to see an officer. And almost...

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Roman: More drug recognition experts needed in law enforcement

If you asked me what a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was 10 years ago, I would have said it was an officer who dealt with street drugs and addicts. Those were two subjects that I stayed away from...

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Vargas: Warp speed of viral opinion clouds picture of LAPD shooting

By now it would seem most of America has seen the video clip of LAPD officers trying to detain a homeless robbery suspect on Skid Row. Tragically, the situation ended up with the officers shooting...

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Vargas: Why cops don’t want their children following in their footsteps

There’s a disturbing trend developing in the police profession: Parents in law enforcement don’t want their children following in their footsteps. A February 2015 survey by Calibre Press found...

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Top 10 cop movies of all time

When I sat down to write the screenplay for “Showtime,” a cop/buddy movie about an L.A. detective and a patrol officer forced to film a reality show, I took my comedy assignment very...

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Roman: Motel sign triggers memories of unsolved hit-and-run that injured firefighter

“2S2, a firefighter was just hit by a car!” It was a summer night when I heard those chilling words over the radio. The sergeant then broadcasted that this was a hit-and-run and he needed...

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Roman: Girl who shared nude selfies with Facebook ‘friend’ a cautionary tale

Do you know who your child’s Facebook friends are? Do you inspect their social media accounts? Here’s a story that will make you think twice. I have a friend at work who is assigned to the...

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Roman: My patrol car's midlife crisis

We all have a certain patrol car that we like to drive. Ask any patrol cop and they’ll tell you their favorite car number. Mine is 779. I've been driving unit 779 so long the seat knows when...

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Nemeroff: Recruits more educated but face unprecedented challenges

Any time an experienced police officer attends a law enforcement graduation ceremony, he tends to reflect on his own ceremony, years before, and expect something similar. While the pomp and...

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