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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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Vargas: HB police deserve a wave of kudos

Crowd management is almost as much art as it is science. Having been involved in many major events, including serving as incident commander of the 2002 World Series and Stanley Cup playoffs, I have...

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Police encourage residents to monitor their finances after forgery arrest

Police arrested a woman Friday on suspicion of mail and identity theft after she tried to cash an allegedly forged money order. Police were called to a check-cashing business in the 100 block of...

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Vargas: Why would police shut down a freeway?

If you were one of the thousands of motorists impacted by the shutdown of the 91 freeway on Monday night I’d like to say on behalf of all law enforcement, “We’re really sorry about...

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Police agencies should embrace power of social media

Back in 1996, I was a sergeant working in community policing when I was asked to take on a new and groundbreaking assignment: become the first public information officer for the Anaheim Police...

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When Dad became a cop, the stories ‘got amazing’

Welcome to Behind the Badge OC - where we hope to share stories about police officers and firefighters. One of the things that has always intrigued me is the stories that cops tell. Not the ones you...

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It’s not just pimps who victimize sex workers

The Anaheim Police Department’s approach to policing sex workers shifted four years ago. They began treating them as victims, offering services and trying to help them get off the streets. Since...

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Eight tips for a safe and happy July 4 weekend

We all know that fireworks pose a safety hazard during the July 4 weekend, but did you know Aunt Edna’s potato salad might also present a health risk? While burns, fires and unintended explosions...

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