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Healthy, balanced cops goal of Westminster police training

“Most of you are not going to survive this job,” Dr. Kevin Gilmartin announces to the audience. The statement comes with little reaction from the more than 50 officers listening. Those who...

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Video: Girl Scout raises nearly $2,000 to pay for vest for Garden Grove police dog

Enterprising Girl Scout Veronica Gomez recently raised nearly $2,000 to pay for a vest for Strauss, a Garden Grove K9. Click on the video above to learn about how Veronica, a member of Girl Scout...

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Readers really ‘liked’ last week’s top stories

It was a reunion that BehindTheBadgeOC.com readers really liked – more than 25,000 times on Facebook. The story: A man whose life was changed by the Fullerton Police officer who arrested...

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Westminster police celebrate changes on their force

Earning an additional stripe on the uniform sleeve or a star for the collar is not an easy feat for a law enforcement officer. An officer’s career and credentials are studied, even scrutinized,...

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New Fullerton Police captain John Siko eager to help shape future of agency

OK, first things first. That last name. John Siko, recently promoted to captain at the Fullerton Police Department, where he started as a cadet in 1983, has been dealing with questions about his...

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Update: Missing man with dementia, 71, found, Fullerton Police say

UPDATE, 5:40 P.M. Wednesday -- "Parker was just located by Buena Park PD after a radio call; he is safe and sound." --- Fullerton PD news release. Original story: Malcolm Parker last was seen...

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Los Alamitos police make the grade with educated police force

For most professions, it’s hard to imagine a time when higher education was discouraged, but not long ago this was the reality for many in law enforcement. Real-world training trumped hitting...

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Students get hands-on career lessons from Anaheim Police, Anaheim Fire & Rescue

The eighth-grader aimed the high-pressure fire hose in the general direction of his classmates --- careful, of course, to just miss them with the spray. “This is not like any other class,”...

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Westminster officer loses handcuffs, unbelievably gets them back

While Star Wars figurines, Atari Pong and Evil Knievel toys were the top Christmas list picks for many 14-year-old boys in the 1970s, Westminster Cmdr. Al Panella was hoping for something less...

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Fullerton Police send two homeless people back to their families

It was a busy week for the Fullerton PD’s Homeless Liaison Unit, with Officer Cary Tong securing airplane and bus fare for two adults to reunite with their families --- one on the other side of the...

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