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Tri-city K9 training fosters learning among law enforcement agencies

All 85 pounds of Dutch shepherd Riggs comes charging at the officer. He braces himself – and screams. His handler, Tustin PD Officer Eric Kent, commands Riggs to release, which he does, and the...

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Cars, Cops and Coffee makes for great Saturday morning conversation outside Tustin PD

Engines were purring and coffee was pouring April 29 for the first Cars, Cops and Coffee event at the Tustin Police Department. Porsches pulled in next to old Ford pickups. A Nash was there. A 1939...

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Tustin PD arrests suspect in afternoon robberies of Citibank, Bank of the West

The Tustin PD has arrested a suspect in two bank robberies that occurred within minutes of each other Tuesday afternoon. Robert Peter Thomas, 48, last known address San Francisco, was booked for the...

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Spanish-language Citizens’ Academy marks an important first for the Tustin PD

Smiles and hugs were in ample supply at a dinner honoring graduates of the first Spanish-language Tustin Police Department Citizens’ Academy on April 12. Nearly 60 attendees, including the 33...

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Tustin PD volunteer Rich Ruedas puts in some serious hours with a smile

Tustin Police volunteer Rich Ruedas starts his Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday shift bright and early at 4:30 a.m. His job? Making sure the TPD fleet of patrol vehicles is fueled, prepped and ready to...

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Police officers provide comfort to cancer patients in the most personal way

The police officer choked back tears after being asked one simple question. “Why do you do this?” Irvine PD Officer Rafaelo Papale, his wife, Jenn, her co-worker and officers from other...

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Tustin PD first in SoCal to deploy GPS technology to track fleeing suspect vehicles

On a closed street near the blimp hangars in Tustin, a TPD patrol car speeds up in pursuit of a white Dodge Caravan. 30 mph. 40 mph. 50 mph. The patrol car stays within manageable sight of the van...

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From explorers to officer and unit manager, this Tustin PD duo took homegrown route

In professional baseball, it’s called the farm system --- where players in the minor leagues are developed in the hopes of becoming skilled enough to make it to the big leagues. In law...

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Tustin PD taking back park that had become a haven for crime and transients

For Sheridan Hjorth, it was all about free popsicles. Her brother, Alexander, liked exploring. And rounding out the set of 10-year-old triplets was Matthew, who enjoyed getting close-up looks at...

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Tustin PD’s new K9 team, Kingsley and Officer Chuck Mitchell, now are on duty

Belgian Malinois Kingsley officially began duty as a police K9 for the Tustin Police Department on Wednesday, March 8. “He’s doing great; he’s raring to go,” said Kingsley’s handler,...

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