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Vargas: What really kills cops

Today I watched as the remains of Lt. Ken Alexander were transported from St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton to McAulay and Wallace Mortuary. It was a solemn procession with representatives from...

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Roman: Remember to thank the dispatchers

Say the word dispatcher and the first thing that comes to mind should be understaffed and unappreciated. They’re the voice on the phone with no face. They’re the lifeline between victims and...

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Roman: ‘Pray for me’

One night I responded to a crash and noticed a white car with major damage to its left rear area. At first glance I could tell it had been broadsided. The other vehicle had damage to its front end,...

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Von Luft: What it’s like to feel forgotten

How we police our streets and keep our communities safe has been a hot topic lately. More attention has been put on how police officers and police departments conduct themselves than ever...

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Vargas: Let’s honor Ximena Meza by ending gang violence

Wednesday night 9-year-old Ximena Meza was shot and killed while playing in front of her apartment in Anaheim. She was an innocent girl who was the victim of what appears to be gang violence. I...

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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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