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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 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.

APD Sponsors ‘Survive and Thrive’ 5K

The Anaheim Police Department joined other law enforcement agencies Saturday morning in sponsoring and supporting the “Survive & Thrive” 5K health and safety expo at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter joined more than 400 runners, walkers and victims rights advocates at the event, which benefits Crime Survivors, Inc. Programs.

Deputy Chief Craig Hunter gives invocation at 'Survive and Thrive' 5K

Deputy Chief Craig Hunter gives invocation at 'Survive and Thrive' 5K

“The Anaheim Police Department appreciates the efforts of Crime Survivors to enhance the public’s understanding of victim rights – and for the way it provides important resources and support for crime victims.”

The charity is perhaps best known for its Victim Emergency Bags, which are carried in patrol cars and distributed to victims’ children during times of crisis.

The 5K began about 9 a.m.

The 5K began about 9 a.m.

One way APD supports victims is through its Family Justice Center , where a variety of social service agencies work with the police department to support survivors of domestic violence, child and elder abuse and sexual assault. It’s the only center of its kind in Orange County.

About 8:30 a.m. Saturday, several survivors’ family members released doves into the gloomy sky to memorialize loved ones who died at hands of criminals.

For more about this worthwhile charity – and Saturday’s event, visit its Web site.

Marcella Leach releases a dove to honor the memory of her slain daughter, Marsy

Marcella Leach releases a dove to honor the memory of her slain daughter, Marsy

An Inside Look at Angel Stadium Security

Note: The following story was published in today’s edition of the Anaheim Bulletin.

The world watched this summer as unruly fans in Los Angeles hurled rocks and bottles, overturned cars and set bonfires in the street after the Lakers won the National Basketball Association championship.

Sgt. Jerry Blair with officers Edgar Hampton and Garrett Cross

Sgt. Jerry Blair with officers Edgar Hampton and Garrett Cross

Los Angeles isn’t the first – nor will it be the last – place where fans have rioted after a major sporting championship.

Anaheim police are well aware of what can happen.

As the Angels head to the playoffs with one of the best records in baseball, police are preparing to ensure it doesn’t happen here.

“Anaheim is one of the safest places anywhere to watch a professional sporting event,” said Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter. “We have an outstanding relationship with the Angels – and the Ducks – which helps ensure all fans have as safe and enjoyable an experience as possible.”

Of course, Hunter notes, it’s a challenge to manage more than 45,000 passionate people during a big game. Sometimes, fans get out of hand.

Behind the Badge asked Sgt. Jerry Blair, who manages special events and stadium security for the police department, to discuss the preparations.

How does the department work with the Angels?

We work closely with them. I can sit with the team president to discuss safety and security issues. Our open dialogue continues to provide enhanced security.Anaheim Bulletin

Anaheim hosts the All-Star game next year. You visited St. Louis to witness how police there handled it. What did you learn?

The primary observation I made was the importance of coordination. A variety of people from different city departments, including police, Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals and outside agencies worked closely together. It was a huge undertaking and watching it unfold successfully was impressive.  I know the relationships we have will be a huge help as we continue to put our plan together.

What’s the biggest challenge of managing a major event?

The biggest challenge, and most important element, is planning.  We have hosted a World Series, Stanley Cup and two world championship parades.  In January of every year (in a single day) we host Supercross at the stadium, a mixed-martial arts fight or Ducks game at the Honda Center, all while staffing the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the Anaheim Convention Center.  We have plenty of experience in the execution of large events in multiple locations.

What advice would you give fans?

Don’t purchase tickets from unknown street vendors. There’s a good chance they could be fraudulent.  Don’t consume alcohol in the stadium parking lot. It is illegal. Most importantly, treat everyone with respect and enjoy yourself at the games.