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Like Father, Like Son

The Orange County Register published an outstanding profile of retired Capt. Joe Vargas on the front page of Saturday’s newspaper.

The headline: “Like father, like son.”

The story delves into Vargas’ relationship with his father, a retired Santa Ana Police officer. Their story, the newspaper says, “embodies the American Dream.”

Vargas followed the lessons he learned from his father “to change a police force,” the article says, “And a city.”

To read the on-line version, headlined “The best cop(s) ever hired,” click here.

New APD Leaders Featured in Today’s Anaheim Bulletin

“Anaheim PD’s new leaders hope to make their mark.”

That was the headline in today’s Anaheim Bulletin newspaper feature story about the department’s new captain (Raul Quezada), lieutenants (Jaret Young, Steven Davis and Brian McElhaney) and sergeant (Rich LaRochelle, Jr.).

The story was also published on the Orange County Register’s website.

Read it here.

To read more about Quezada, click here.

For Young, click here.

For Davis, click here.

For McElhaney, here.

And LaRochelle, here.

Anaheim PD Works to Provide Safe Environment for Angels Fans

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Enjoy the Angels-Yankees playoff games. But do so safely.

That’s the message being broadcast across Southern California as the Angels prepare for tonight’s Game 4 of the American League Championship series.

KTLA was among the television stations at the stadium yesterday; click on the image above to view reporter Manny Medrano’s report.

The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times also published articles encouraging responsible enjoyment of the playoff games.

FBI Statistics Show That Anaheim is Safer

The number of violent crimes in Anaheim decreased last year, according to statistics released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The number dropped from 1,423 to 1,312.

“It never comes as a surprise to us because we are reviewing numbers and trends year round,” Sgt. Rick Martinez told the Orange County Register. “Some might assume with the bad economy that crime might be on the increase, but we’ve seen that’s really not the case.”

Added Deputy Chief Craig Hunter: “In an ongoing effort to prevent crime, the police department has created important partnerships with the community that have contributed to the continued reduction in crime. The FBI’s numbers illustrate the impact we can have when we work together.”

To read the Register’s story, please click here.