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Vargas: Funny, you don't look like a cop

The other day I was with a group of people and during the course of conversation it was mentioned I was a retired police officer. The response I got was the same one I’ve heard my entire...

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Roman: The cat tried to kill my wife, and other surprises in the middle of the night

On Saturday night, I was in the office doing my paperwork when I plugged my phone into a charger on another desk. I never do this and I soon forgot about it. My partner and I got a late call and we...

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Roman: Life is like the game ‘Candy Crush’

Say the words “Candy Crush” and you’ll find someone who has heard of the game. They might not play it, but they know someone who does. They might even be that annoyed person who cringes at...

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Dads partner with police and fire on Walk to School Day

Wednesday was “Tortoise and the Roadrunner Walk to School Day” at Laguna Road Elementary School. A dozen or so men, known affectionately as “The Dad Squad,” wore yellow safety vests to...

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You can lie, but your fingerprints never will

At my department we have the greatest piece of technology to combat LLPOF. That’s short for “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.” We use the Bluecheck fingerprint device whenever someone doesn’t...

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Roman: 'Never upset your girlfriend when you're a drug dealer'

Back in late 1995 or early 1996, I was dispatched to another 911 call at a small apartment complex I had never been to before. It seemed like it was going to be the typical hang up call where...

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Cypress PD: Residents beware of aggressive phone scams

If the phone rings and the person on the other end claims to be from  a law enforcement agency saying you missed jury duty and need to pay a fine or face arrest, immediately hang up. That’s the...

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Officer recounts bizarre encounter with blind man

Editor’s Note: John Roman is a traffic officer for an Orange County police agency who recently launched a blog, Badge 415 (badge415.wordpress.com/). His posts focus on the human side of police work...

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Walters' back-to-school safety tip for parents: Be a worthy role model

Summer is quickly coming to a close, and our kids are returning to the classroom. Here are some back-to-school safety tips to start the school year right. Remind your children to never talk to...

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Police honored for support of crime survivors

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and how could there be? Four victims of violent crime came out to speak at the Anaheim White House in Anaheim Wednesday about healing, surviving and gratitude...

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