Columns

Vargas: 2016 was a brutal year of violence against police, but new year brings new hope

For law enforcement officers, 2016 was a disheartening year. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 63 officers were killed by gunfire. That is a 52 percent increase over the previous...

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Vargas: Anaheim PD brightens Christmas for several needy families by delivering gifts

This was my ninth year participating in the Anaheim Police Department Cops 4 Kids Christmas toy delivery, and the auditorium at the Anaheim Police Department was full as Chief Raul Quezada addressed...

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Vargas: OCFA captain’s suicide resonates for first responders

On a Tuesday morning, Orange County Fire Authority Captain Eric Weuve jumped from the Crown Valley Parkway overpass to his death on the 5 Freeway in Mission Viejo. Although we can’t know the...

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Tearjerker warning: Students shower Officer Mitch with love

It seems every day there is a new viral video involving police officers that comes across my social media feed. In many cases it’s someone accusing an officer of behaving badly or capturing an...

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Vargas: Seven tips to prevent ‘porch pirates’ from ruining Christmas

Editor's note: We are reposting this column from a year ago as Christmas approaches. In the pecking order of bad guys, crooks and vermin, “porch pirates” are among the lowest of low. It’s...

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Vargas: Today give thanks for our first responders

Today across America there are tens of thousands of first responders who will not be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. They will instead be in their patrol cars or fire...

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Vargas: More PDs turn to shaming strategies to curb crime, and that’s a good thing

The use of shame and embarrassment has long been used by society to maintain social order. Law enforcement agencies have occasionally used shaming in their own strategies. In Corpus Christi, Texas,...

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Vargas: Publicly identifying criminal street gangs now makes sense, and here's why

On Nov. 11, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Santa Ana Police Department, Tustin Police Department and others conducted a series of raids targeting the Loper’s gang from Santa...

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Vargas: Rant against cops goes viral, but patient response of officers speaks louder

On Nov. 11,  the owners of Brewhemia coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, asked 65-year-old Melyssa Jo Kelly to leave after she became disruptive. When Kelly refused to comply, the police were...

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Vargas: With Facebook live, every moron now is capable of becoming a media sensation

On Oct. 23, 2016, Michael Vance began a crime spree in Oklahoma that lasted for eight days. It began with the murder of two relatives, a carjacking and the shooting of two police officers. For...

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