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Tearjerker warning: Students shower Officer Mitch with love

It seems every day there is a new viral video involving police officers that comes across my social media feed. In many cases it’s someone accusing an officer of behaving badly or capturing an...

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Vargas: Seven tips to prevent ‘porch pirates’ from ruining Christmas

Editor's note: We are reposting this column from a year ago as Christmas approaches. In the pecking order of bad guys, crooks and vermin, “porch pirates” are among the lowest of low. It’s...

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Vargas: Today give thanks for our first responders

Today across America there are tens of thousands of first responders who will not be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. They will instead be in their patrol cars or fire...

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Vargas: More PDs turn to shaming strategies to curb crime, and that’s a good thing

The use of shame and embarrassment has long been used by society to maintain social order. Law enforcement agencies have occasionally used shaming in their own strategies. In Corpus Christi, Texas,...

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Vargas: Publicly identifying criminal street gangs now makes sense, and here's why

On Nov. 11, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Santa Ana Police Department, Tustin Police Department and others conducted a series of raids targeting the Loper’s gang from Santa...

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Vargas: Rant against cops goes viral, but patient response of officers speaks louder

On Nov. 11,  the owners of Brewhemia coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, asked 65-year-old Melyssa Jo Kelly to leave after she became disruptive. When Kelly refused to comply, the police were...

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Vargas: With Facebook live, every moron now is capable of becoming a media sensation

On Oct. 23, 2016, Michael Vance began a crime spree in Oklahoma that lasted for eight days. It began with the murder of two relatives, a carjacking and the shooting of two police officers. For...

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Vargas: Madera PD ridealong experiences the terror of taking gunfire from fleeing suspect

What’s it like to be a police officer? It’s a challenge for police officers everywhere to try and share the experience of policing with the public. One of the ways officers attempt to do just...

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Vargas: We all should be thankful there are so many officers who will stand in their place

Over the last two weeks we mourned the tragic shooting deaths of three peace officers in Southern California. On Oct. 5, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Owen was shot and killed while...

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Roman: Remembering that rookie feeling

The other night I was working a patrol shift when I was sent on a call with a new cop. I had met him once or twice when he was in training and didn’t know anything about him. We handled the call...

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