Opinion

Kudos to APD for historic body camera decision

On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council took a historic step by voting to authorize the purchase and deployment of body cameras for police officers. Kudos are due to the command staff and the line...

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It’s not about the ‘police,’ it’s about the person

There is a ceaseless campaign to vilify law enforcement these days. The amplification of these voices through social media has resonated throughout mainstream media and generated a false narrative...

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Vargas: It’s time for body cameras to get ready for their close-up

Across the country, more and more police departments are turning to small body cameras to document day-to-day contacts with the public. Unlike cameras mounted in patrol cars, these actually travel...

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Vargas: Judge cops by their character and integrity not their appearance

The militarization of policing has been all over the news. There seems to be something deeply disturbing to politicians and some community activists about the equipment officers are driving and what...

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Ferguson case shows how law enforcement messages need to be quick and consistent

I’ve been asked over and over again my thoughts about what is going on in Ferguson, Mo. There are so many areas I could comment on that it’s a bit overwhelming. Crisis communications,...

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Von Luft: Police need to address causes of suicide in their ranks

Sadly, it often takes the suicide of somebody famous to revitalize the conversation in our country around the topic of mental health. Robin Williams’s death has received worldwide coverage and my...

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Roman: Car is shared office, refuge

Editor’s Note: John Roman is a traffic officer for an Orange County police agency who recently launched a blog, Badge 415 (badge415.wordpress.com/). His posts focus on the human side of police work...

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Vargas: Injunctions protect families from gangs

The Santa Ana Police Department and District Attorney’s office recently teamed up to get a gang injunction against the Townsend Street gang. The ACLU and civil rights attorneys have of course...

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Roman: ‘People shouldn’t die on you like this’

Editor’s Note: John Roman is a traffic officer for an Orange County police agency who recently launched a blog, Badge 415 (badge415.wordpress.com/). His posts focus on the human side of police...

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Von Luft: Daily stress of policing takes a toll

Unfortunately, there are hidden costs that police officers pay because of their jobs. These costs can be to their physical health in the form of early heart disease, their mental health in the form...

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