Opinion

Vargas: Judge cops by their character and integrity not their appearance

The militarization of policing has been all over the news. There seems to be something deeply disturbing to politicians and some community activists about the equipment officers are driving and what...

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Ferguson case shows how law enforcement messages need to be quick and consistent

I’ve been asked over and over again my thoughts about what is going on in Ferguson, Mo. There are so many areas I could comment on that it’s a bit overwhelming. Crisis communications,...

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Von Luft: Police need to address causes of suicide in their ranks

Sadly, it often takes the suicide of somebody famous to revitalize the conversation in our country around the topic of mental health. Robin Williams’s death has received worldwide coverage and...

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Roman: Car is shared office, refuge

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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Vargas: Injunctions protect families from gangs

The Santa Ana Police Department and District Attorney’s office recently teamed up to get a gang injunction against the Townsend Street gang. The ACLU and civil rights attorneys have of course...

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Roman: ‘People shouldn’t die on you like this’

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...

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Von Luft: Daily stress of policing takes a toll

Unfortunately, there are hidden costs that police officers pay because of their jobs. These costs can be to their physical health in the form of early heart disease, their mental health in the form...

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Fire chief: Time to evolve is now

Anaheim Fire Chief Randy Bruegman believes that now is the time to innovate, embrace change and begin to reengineer emergency services that are focused on the changing demands of the fire service,...

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Vargas to mom who tackled tagger: ‘You are a hero’

This past weekend a mother of two decided she had enough when she encountered a disrespectful tagger in front of her Fullerton home. After blatantly ignoring her warning, the tagger defaced the...

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Vargas: It takes courage to be a police officer

If you follow Behind the Badge you probably saw the story last week about two Fullerton Police officers running into a burning building to rescue an elderly woman. If that wasn’t enough, after...

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