Opinion

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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Walters: Simple steps you can take to be safer

We all want to believe that police officers are out patrolling our neighborhoods and businesses around the clock to keep us safe. But the reality is, most police officers in Orange County are busy...

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Vargas: Why I’ll be spending week with foster kids

This week, I’m off working as a volunteer counselor at a summer camp for foster children. I’ve done this before and to tell you the truth it’s an absolutely exhausting week of fun and...

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Military equipment can help make police and communities safer 

Since 1995, the Defense Logistics Agency’s Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) has been responsible for transferring excess Department of Defense equipment suitable for counterdrug and...

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Walters: Misconduct complaints rare but heavily scrutinized

Civil rights activists emerged in the media after a video appeared online last week showing a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman on the ground of the side of the freeway...

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Walters: Police will continue to solve crime despite ruling on cellphone searches

Last week the Supreme Court handed down a decision making it more difficult for police to search cellphones without a warrant. The media hailed this as a major advance for personal privacy in the...

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Vargas: Who better than police officers to be role models?

Not too long ago, a community member questioned the value of using cops for youth crime prevention programs. After all, isn’t it more important for cops on the street to concentrate on putting bad...

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