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Westminster PD holds Neighborhood Watch meeting to encourage dialogue with residents

In the continued effort to promote an open line of communication between residents and law enforcement, Westminster PD hosted a Neighborhood Watch meeting in the city’s Council Chambers on Sept....

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Westminster PD partners with local restaurant for community meet-and-greet

Before leaving the tent set up by West County SWAT in front of the Westminster Chick-fil-A, one of the kids quickly turned around to give Officer Mike Gradilla a hug. “It’s stuff like that –...

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WPD offers new fingerprinting app for children developed by retired TPD detective

When retired Tustin Police Department Det. Chuck Still first joined the juvenile division, he had 66 cases on his desk – half of which were missing kids. There was one case that became the turning...

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Westminster PD’s National Night Out delivers an evening of education and fun

Sara Oyco and her husband, DJ, walked through Westminster Mall’s parking lot with their two young children, exploring the police, fire and city booths set up Aug. 1 for the city’s National Night...

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Westminster PD explorers gain invaluable experience and future success

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Randy Goddard always knew he wanted to be a police officer. A fan of the TV show “CHiPs,” he had his eye on becoming a California Highway Patrol officer. At age...

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Former intern Darin Upstill is new commander at Westminster PD

It was 1992 when Darin Upstill first started work at the Westminster Police Department – as an intern. And today, he's the agency’s newest commander. “I’m very excited for this position,”...

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Westminster PD’s crime analyst sorts through reams of data in search of answers

Elizabeth Yee’s job title isn’t often popularized on modern TV crime shows. She isn’t a detective. She’s not CSI. But she definitely helps solve crimes like homicides, sexual assaults and...

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WPD’s Safety Day shows the community that police officers and firefighters are people too

With Westminster’s Sigler Park teeming with children and adults, sirens blared as a couple of police SUVs pursued a sedan. The trio sped onto the park’s field, surrounded by the crowd standing...

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Westminster PD’s K9 Pako is a dog about town

Target in sights, Pako stood poised on the edge of the Newport Beach dock, raring to go. As soon as Westminster Police Officer Travis Hartman gave the command, the K9 shot out into the water,...

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Westminster PD names Bill Collins as its new deputy chief

Over his 28 years at the Westminster Police Department, Bill Collins has thought deeply about how he wants to be remembered when he leaves. “Chasing down criminals and putting them in jail is an...

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