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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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Westminster 7-Eleven clerk arrested on suspicion of recording woman in bathroom

A 22-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested by Westminster Police officers on suspicion of invasion of privacy while using a camera device on Feb. 12. An officer was dispatched to the 7-Eleven store...

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Retiring Westminster PD Sgt. James Kingsmill is (not surprisingly) going fishing

Sgt. James Kingsmill lights up when he talks fishing. On the eve of his retirement – his last day is Feb. 2 – sitting in his office at Westminster Police Department tracing back through his...

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Westminster PD celebrates promotions of five sworn employees

Westminster Police Department employees, friends and family gathered Jan. 18 at the Westminster Rose Center to recognize five agency members receiving promotions. “Each position comes with a...

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Westminster PD works to get homeless populations out of the rain and cold

With the cold and rainy months upon us, the Westminster Police Department’s homeless liaison unit is out making sure the local homeless population knows about the services available. “We do...

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Westminster Police arrest Huntington Beach man on suspicion of killing two women

Huntington Beach resident Christopher Ken Ireland, 37, was arrested by Westminster Police on suspicion of killing two Orange County women Jan. 2. WPD officers and Orange County Fire Authority arson...

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When traditional enforcement proves tough, Westminster PD partners with code enforcement to stop illegal activity

In a room full of people with guns on their hips and badges on their chests, Vicki Morgan was armed with only a clipboard. At first, it was intimidating. But Morgan would learn, in some cases,...

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Westminster Police host holiday shopping spree for local children

Nine-year-old Israel Rios picked a Nerf gun and a remote-controlled helicopter as his Christmas presents Sunday during the Westminster Police Officers’ Association’s 14th annual Shop with a Cop...

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