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You just never know who you're going to encounter on a car stop

On May 18, Douglas County (CO) Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Proulx was checking on a disabled vehicle parked at the side of the highway. He quickly learned how things are not often as they...

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Police pursuit, PIT maneuver then a foot pursuit all in a day's work for this officer

It seems almost daily there is a police pursuit somewhere in Southern California being broadcast live for public entertainment purposes. I’ve commented before about whether this need for...

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In the event of a school incident, the first place to go is your local police agency's Twitter feed

Last month, a friend of mine was at work when she received a text message from her son: “The school is on lockdown. There’s a guy with a gun on campus and the police are searching for...

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FBI report finds in 2016, many cop killers were inspired to target police officers

Last month, the FBI released a report, The Assailant Study-Mindsets and Behaviors. The report was an attempt to look at the motivation of suspects who killed police officers in 2016. Such incidents...

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Roman: ‘What a great feeling’

I did a presentation this week at the police department about the traffic detail for the PACE class (Public Awareness Through Citizen Education). The class is usually held twice a year, and my son...

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Roman: ‘The type of call no one ever wants to respond to’  

The call involved a child who was run over by a car in the driveway of her house. From the information at the scene this wasn’t going to end well. I arrived at the hospital and parked my car...

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Clothesline Project showcases heartbreaking stories of victims of sexual abuse, other crimes

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, so I was invited by Community Service Programs (CSP) to view the Orange County Clothesline Project Display at Fullerton College last week. The Clothesline...

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CSP honors those who work to advocate for victims throughout Orange County

For every crime, there's a victim --- someone who has been assaulted, robbed or even murdered. With that comes the inevitable emotional trauma and feelings of vulnerability. A burglary victim...

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Vargas: Officer who used car to kill gun-toting fugitive in Tulsa made the right decision

On March 18 at about 2:30 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla. officers encountered wanted fugitive Madison Dixon. According to police spokesperson Leland Ashley, Dixon exchanged gunfire with officers while...

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Chief urges 35 new GWC police recruits to protect their character and do the right thing

On Friday, March 17, 35 police recruits graduated from the Golden West Criminal Justice Training Center. Class President Eric Velazquez, the oldest recruit in the graduating class at 39 years,...

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