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Anaheim PD Joins Ride to Aid Families of Fallen Officers

APD's team at the Plaza of the Flags in Santa Ana

By Ryan Dedmon

Forty-eight peace officers from 20 different law enforcement agencies have died in the line of duty in Orange County, and each of those officers left behind a family in need. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council’s Project 999 was founded to help provide financial assistance to the families of fallen officers. 

Each year, a group of bicycle riders, representing police agencies throughout Orange County, join together to commemorate the lives of those fallen officers.  The riders do this by participating in a Memorial Ride cycling 630 miles from the California State Peace Officer Memorial in Sacramento to Orange County’s Peace Officer Memorial at the Plaza of the Flags in Santa Ana.

This year, more 100 law enforcement officials representing different agencies throughout the county participated in the Project 999 Memorial Ride.  Retired Captain Charlie Chavez, Motor Officer Steve Anderson, Detective Chris Masilon, Officer Trang Pham, and I had the honor of representing the Anaheim Police Department. 

Riders participate in a moment of silence at the Orange County Peace Officer's Memorial

These riders spent weeks of training to prepare for the ride.  They cycled through rolling green hills in Winters and Pleasant Valley, climbed the steep ocean cliffs of Big Sur, rode through farm fields outside San Luis Obispo, and cruised along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. 

Every day, peace officers at different agencies in Orange County willingly put their lives on the line to defend the weak, help the needy, seek justice, and uphold the freedoms on which this great land was founded.  Let us never forget those brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving others.  This year, Project 999 raised more than $100,000 to help support the families of fallen officers in Orange County.  

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.

Legendary OC Register Reporter Profiles Most Notorious OC Cases

For the better part of the past four decades, journalist Larry Welborn has chronicled the biggest criminal cases in Orange County.OC Register's 50 Cases

Serial killers. Gang rapists. The corruption trial of a sheriff.

Which cases rank among the most memorable?

The verdict is in.

Starting last week, Welborn began profiling Orange County’s 50 most notorious cases on the Orange County Register’s Web site.

Among those on the list: The 1958 slaying of Leslie Simpson in Anaheim.

To follow Welborn’s series, which will continue through the end of the year, visit his Blog here.

At the end of the series, readers can vote on the top 10.

Which cases do you think should be on his list? Contact Welborn at lwelborn@ocregister.com or post a comment at the bottom of his Blog.

Larry Welborn