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Anaheim PD Officers Wearing Black Bands Over Badges to Honor Fallen Officers

Anaheim Police officers are wearing black bands over their badges this week to honor the memories of four police officers killed in the line of duty in Washington state over the weekend, officials announced today.
Officers will wear the bands until the funeral, which has not yet been scheduled. 

In March, a team of Anaheim police officers drove to Oakland to pay tribute at a funeral for four officers slain there.
To read more about the tragic shooting of the Lakewood, Wash., police officers click here.

Anaheim PD Wishes You a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Anaheim Police Department.

If you’re on the road, please drive safely. And, if you plan to consume alcoholic beverages, please identify a designated driver.

Thank you – and enjoy the holiday.

APD Assists in Receiving and Escorting Body of Fallen Marine

Members of the Anaheim Police Department joined military, fire and regional law enforcement Thursday in receiving and escorting the body of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Justin Swanson, of Anaheim, from the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos to Westminster Memorial Park.

Swanson, 21, died in the line of duty last week in Afghanistan.

APD extends its sympathy to his family and friends – and its deepest appreciation for his service to our country.

Casino Night Benefits Cops 4 Kids

Held behind home plate at the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium, the Cops 4 Kids Casino Night last weekend featured opportunities to buy Ducks tickets, White House restaurant gift certificates and more – all in the name of raising funds to help at-risk youth.

To view more photos and read more, click here

Voice of APD to be Voice of CSI

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For 24 years, Mike Villani has played several roles as “The Voice of Anaheim PD.”

Retirement ceremony emcee. Medal of Valor event host. Training video star.

The voice-over specialist/actor/APD reservist has landed a new role: Guest on the hit CBS television show, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

The episode, which airs Thursday at 9 p.m., is called “Lover’s Lane” and involves a gruesome murder at a bowling alley. Villani plays the bowling alley announcer.

It’s the perfect show for a man with a passion for police work.

“I’ve been wanting to pursue more theatrical opportunities – and continue the voice-over work as my day job,” he says.

Earlier this year, Villani played a fire chief in rural Indiana searching for an arsonist on the show, “Criminal Minds.

“I had a great scene with Joe Mantegna where we were walking through a warehouse,” he said.

Mike Villani, The Voice of Anaheim PD

He has played a reporter in the movie, “Dreamgirls,” a newscaster in “Bruce Almighty” and a talk show host on “The Girl Next Door.” He has also starred in dozens of commercials for Dodge, Budweiser, Walt Disney, Di-Tech and others.

Sgt. Rick Martinez, a long-time friend and fan, said he’s thrilled that Villani’s star continues to rise.

“Mike has been an outstanding partner and valuable member of our team,” he said. “We’re very happy that he continues to serve our department and community. We especially appreciate his friendship.

Villani says no matter what happens in his career he will continue to serve Anaheim PD.

“I love my association with the department,” he says.

APD’s Arrest of Mass Killer Makes OC Register’s Top Cases

Did you know that Orange County’s most notorious mass murderer was arrested by Anaheim PD shortly after the killing spree?

Edward Charles Allaway calmly walked through the student library at Cal State Fullerton on July 12, 1976 before shooting nine people. APD officers arrested him a short time later at a local restaurant.

Orange County Register’s legendary courthouse reporter, Larry Welborn, is featuring the “50 most notorious crimes in Orange County history” on the newspaper’s Web site. The Allaway case was featured Sunday.

To read his series, click here.

Larry Welborn

Anaheim PD Plays Key Role in First Countywide Curfew Sweep

Anaheim PD joined about two dozen law enforcement agencies Thursday night in the first ever Orange County curfew sweep aimed at cracking down on truancy and gang recruitment.LA Times photo

Organized by the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership, the sweep began about 10 p.m. Thursday – with officers bringing violators to command posts in Anaheim, Aliso Viejo and Orange.

Anaheim investigator Ed Arevalo was featured in a wire service story that was picked up by a number of news agencies.

“It’s a little bit of scared straight, a little bit of tough love and then we give them the resources to follow up with social services,” Arevalo told a reporter.

To read the story, click here.

The Los Angeles Times followed Sgt. Mike Haggerty and Investigator Brian Browne. Its story can be found here.