Opinion

Vargas: How we can prevent mass killings

A recent FBI report verified the number of active-shooter incidents in this country is rising. There are many theories about why this is occurring. I support the idea that many of these incidents are...

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‘You walk into the danger zone, engage the suspect and eliminate the threat’

The FBI two weeks ago released a study that took a hard look at active shooters incidents in the U.S. from 2000 to 2013. The Department of Homeland Security definition of an active shooter is "an...

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Vargas: Despite the noise, public still supports police

You might have read about the surprising findings of a recent USC-Los Angeles Times poll: Turns out 82 percent of the public acknowledged that police have a tough job - and, for the most part, do it...

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Vargas: Obama wrong to blame police for social problems

President Obama went out of his way to address the issues of police and race at the recent congressional black caucus banquet. While speaking about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., he...

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Vargas: Friday’s shootout fourth recent example of armored police vehicles saving lives

Friday night the Anaheim Police Department was faced with a perilous situation. An armed robbery suspect was cornered in a large parking lot full of cars. The desperate and fleeing robbers had...

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Law enforcement unites against Prop. 47

Voters this November will have the chance to cast a ballot for or against Prop. 47, a measure that purports to create the “Safe Neighborhood and Schools Fund,” which would come from the cost...

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Sadly, Ray Rice video rings true for many

Editor’s Note: Kerith Dilley is the Executive Director of the Orange County Family Justice Center, a safe, confidential and friendly place where assistance is provided to survivors of domestic...

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Kudos to APD for historic body camera decision

On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council took a historic step by voting to authorize the purchase and deployment of body cameras for police officers. Kudos are due to the command staff and the line...

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It’s not about the ‘police,’ it’s about the person

There is a ceaseless campaign to vilify law enforcement these days. The amplification of these voices through social media has resonated throughout mainstream media and generated a false narrative...

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Vargas: It’s time for body cameras to get ready for their close-up

Across the country, more and more police departments are turning to small body cameras to document day-to-day contacts with the public. Unlike cameras mounted in patrol cars, these actually travel...

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