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Hudash: ‘I have witnessed countless acts of quiet compassion’

[caption id="attachment_4132" align="alignright" width="300"] Click on the photo to see a slideshow honoring Team Kids' partnership with police[/caption] I am not a cop, but I’ve worked alongside...

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Roman: I wonder if it mattered anymore

Why do I do this job? Why should I care if nobody else does? A month ago these were the questions I asked myself after watching the civil unrest unfold in the Mid-West. I was shocked at the venom...

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Roman: To police supporters, thank you

I went to a Mediterranean restaurant for Code 7 with my friend Rich. We ordered our food at the counter and went to our usual seats outside on the patio. It was chilly, but not too bad. While we...

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Roman: During holidays, remember fallen because ‘Blue Lives Matter’

It is Christmas night, and all of the chaos is over. All of the presents have been handed out, and all of the relatives have gone home. Now there is peace. 365 more days and we get to do it all over...

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Vargas: Outrage over killings of NY officers

On Saturday, police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated in New York. Police officers all over the country mourn for the loss of these heroes. Cops are angry because for months,...

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Vargas: Protestor's over-the-top hatred for police caught on tape

If you haven’t watched the video featured at the top of this column, please take a minute to do so. A word of warning: there is extensive use of profanity. This was filmed in front of the Anaheim...

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Here's what it's like to almost shoot an unarmed person

I was working day shift in patrol when dispatch broadcasted a 417 call (subject with a gun). I was sent as primary and my sergeant was my back up. The description of the suspect was: A white male in...

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Vargas: A memorable ride in the back seat of my patrol car

A few weeks ago I had lunch with newly elected Montclair Councilwoman Trisha Martinez. The last time we met was back around 1986. She was a young teenage gang member taking a ride to the station in...

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Roman: Six ways you can prevent being victimized during the holidays

The holiday season is a time for giving, right? Unfortunately, it is also the season for taking and stealing. It sounds bad, but it’s true. There are predators that prey on people during the...

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Roman: 12 questions about police to ponder

By John Roman What if you were at work and a stranger told you how to do your job? Imagine knowing this person was never trained to do your job and never held your position before. Imagine knowing...

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