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Westminster PD honors its three fallen officers, others who died at annual memorial ceremony

Students from Westminster’s Westmont Elementary School submitted essays on why it’s important to remember fallen officers. Fourth-grader Allie Espinosa, fourth-grader Sherlin Clara and...

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Westminster PD rookie officer talks freeway jumper off 405 Freeway overpass

Standing on the overpass above the 405 Freeway in Westminster, faced with the very real possibility of a man jumping to his death in front of him, Officer Abel Jimenez’s training kicked in. Keep...

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Neighborhood Watch event in Westminster brings community, law enforcement together

Anita and Steve Thomas have lived in the Westmont area of Westminster going on 50 years now. “Umpteen years ago, we couldn’t have asked to have moved into a better neighborhood,” said Anita,...

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Westminster PD chaplain finds his calling with his 'ministry of presence'

In his nearly 20 years as a police chaplain at Westminster Police Department, Pastor Robert Benoun has witnessed both tragedy and celebration. He’s married about eight WPD officers to their...

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Westminster PD dispatcher pays it forward by donating kidney to ailing Georgia man

There’s something about Dispatcher Leticia "Letty" Hernandez that inspires her to help. Before she was a dispatcher, she worked at a hospital. Then, looking for a change, she became a dispatcher...

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Westminster PD Animal Control expands coverage to Stanton

Thinking back over the countless calls they’ve had over the years from Westminster residents, Animal Control Officers Shanyn Behn and Crystal Sheldon agree that the strangest has to be the one...

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Chamber of Commerce honors Westminster PD employees for their hard work in community

The Westminster Chamber of Commerce honored excellence across the city on March 30 at its annual Spirit of Westminster Awards Luncheon. Among the honorees were Westminster Police Department...

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Westminster PD sex offender registrant checks help keep the community safe

The Westminster Police Department manages the files of 290 registered sex offenders in the city, and that includes making sure they’re in compliance with state rules. To this end, the agency...

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Westminster’s new police chief places a big priority on reaching out to the community

Over his 36 1/2 years in law enforcement, Ralph Ornelas has seen the benefits of working closely with communities to help reduce crime and serve residents. Now, as the Westminster Police...

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Westminster PD plays host to the ‘puppy truck’

The Westminster Police Department is now getting regular visits from the “puppy truck.” “Puppies always bring smiles to everybody’s face,” said Sgt. Kevin MacCormick. The puppies are part...

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