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Vargas: Outrage over killings of NY officers

On Saturday, police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated in New York. Police officers all over the country mourn for the loss of these heroes. Cops are angry because for...

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Vargas: Protestor's over-the-top hatred for police caught on tape

If you haven’t watched the video featured at the top of this column, please take a minute to do so. A word of warning: there is extensive use of profanity. This was filmed in front of the...

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Here's what it's like to almost shoot an unarmed person

I was working day shift in patrol when dispatch broadcasted a 417 call (subject with a gun). I was sent as primary and my sergeant was my back up. The description of the suspect was: A white male in...

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Vargas: A memorable ride in the back seat of my patrol car

A few weeks ago I had lunch with newly elected Montclair Councilwoman Trisha Martinez. The last time we met was back around 1986. She was a young teenage gang member taking a ride to the station in...

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Roman: Six ways you can prevent being victimized during the holidays

The holiday season is a time for giving, right? Unfortunately, it is also the season for taking and stealing. It sounds bad, but it’s true. There are predators that prey on people during the...

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Roman: 12 questions about police to ponder

By John Roman What if you were at work and a stranger told you how to do your job? Imagine knowing this person was never trained to do your job and never held your position before. Imagine...

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Vargas: Most people will never understand what it's like to be a cop

It’s hard to explain the angst I’ve felt over the last few days as I’ve watched the aftermath of the Grand Jury findings in Ferguson. The wanton looting, angry protests and nonstop pundits on...

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For public safety workers, Thanksgiving is just another day at work

What is your Thanksgiving Day like? For some, it means spending time with family while eating turkey and watching football. For others, it means getting in line at Walmart or Best Buy for that...

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Five ways to get out of a ticket

The holiday shopping season is upon us and it’s time to buy those gifts for family and friends. I’ve come up with five simple tips to get out of a ticket and to save money. Stop for stop...

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Vargas: Conley was a ‘CSI guy’ before TV made it popular

On Saturday, I attended the memorial service for Anaheim Police Department Forensics Supervisor Jim Conley. He passed away from a massive heart attack just 11 months after retiring. Sadly, I have...

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