Features

Meet the Fullerton PD’s new K9 -- and be sure to vote on what his new name should be

The cop looked at the crate in the car, waiting in anticipation. Inside the crate was a rambunctious 14-month-old Belgian Malinois --- a gorgeous boy with a dark-cinnamon coat and black face and...

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For police officers, engaging with youth on the autism spectrum poses unique challenges

Come over here and sit down. What is your name? Where do you live? For most people, such commands and questions are simple. For children and young adults on the autism spectrum, they can be...

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New feature: Officer was inspired by resilience and values of his immigrant grandparents

Editor’s note: What are you most proud of? That’s the question we pose to police officers and firefighters in this new regular feature. Billy Phu is a gang unit detective with the Fullerton...

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Anaheim Fire & Rescue joins veterans in holding first-ever flag retirement ceremony

Respect. That was the theme Saturday when Anaheim military veterans, firefighters and explorers held, for the first time, a flag retirement ceremony at the North Net Training Facility. For years,...

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No. 1: From the back of a Fullerton PD car, a suspect utters surprising words to arresting officer

Editor's note: In honor of Behind the Badge OC's one-year anniversary, we will be sharing the 30 most-read stories. This story originally published Jan. 13.  The meth addict sat in the back of the...

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Cypress PD gives community sneak peek at Annual Festival

The K-9 dashed out of the patrol car at blinding speed toward the suspect when, boom! Sharp teeth sunk into the man. The suspect was down before he knew what hit him and officers were able to cuff...

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No. 2: After more than 5 years undercover, Garden Grove cop survives one hair-raising ordeal

Editor's note: In honor of Behind the Badge OC's one-year anniversary, we will be sharing the 30 most-read stories. This story originally published Jan. 20.  In the 5½ years since his last...

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Neighborhood Watch meeting in Garden Grove yields some eye-opening crime statistics

600 percent. The statistic elicited audible gasps in the room. That’s how much sexual assaults are up citywide this year, Garden Grove PD Lt. Thomas DaRé told a group of residents last week at a...

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No. 4: Burning question answered: Why firefighters buy groceries together

Editor's note: In honor of Behind the Badge OC's one-year anniversary, we will be sharing the 30 most-read stories. This story originally published March 3.  They get the questions almost all the...

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Baseball camp for at-risk youth lauded as grand-slam success in teaching life lessons

A crack of the bat, and the kid took off. Another youngster playing second base fielded the ball cleanly and threw the batter out at first. “Nice play!” yelled one of several adults watching the...

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