OCT
02

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Here at the Westminster Police Officers' Association we feel it is our duty and privilege to help spread the word. The simple truth is this: 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This year alone over 250,000 women in our country will be diagnosed with the disease. It is the most common cancer among women worldwide.   These facts are not meant to terrify. They are the truth and why must we take it so seriously. But the news is not solely ne...
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SEP
26

Join Us In The Fight Against Breast Cancer With Pink Patch Project!

Join Us In The Fight Against Breast Cancer With Pink Patch Project! Pink Patch Project
Our department is excited to participate in the Pink Patch Project once again! Next month, you may see WPD personnel and other law enforcement agencies sporting these pink patches on their uniforms as a show of support towards breast cancer. To get your hands on some exclusive merch, the Westminster Police Officers’ Association will be selling pink patches for $10.00 and keychains for $5.00! You can mail a check made payable to the “WPOA Memorial Fund” AND a self-addressed envelope to:  Pro...
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SEP
19

Thank You For Joining Cop On A Rooftop!

Thank You For Joining Cop On A Rooftop! Cop On A Rooftop
Thank you to all members of our Westminster community who donated to this years’ Cop On A Rooftop event at Dunkin' Donuts, thanks to your efforts we’ll be able to make a charitable contribution to this years Special Olympics Torch Run! We greatly appreciate the support and the chance to converse with our residents over a cup of coffee!
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JUL
11

WPOA Hoops Program for the Boys & Girls Club

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Thank you to Jessica Peralta of Behind the Badge  for featuring one of the ways we give back to our local community - the annual Westminster Police Officer's Association Hoops Program! Read an excerpt of the story below:  For many of the kids in the Westminster Police Officer’s Association Hoops program, playing in a basketball league isn’t an option. “A lot of them aren’t able to afford to pay for a league outside of the Boys & Girls Club,” said Jeovan Davila, chief professional o...
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JUN
17

Coffee With A Cop

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Come grab a cup of coffee and say hi to our officers on June 24th! There will be two locations and times, so stop by whichever is most convenient for you, hope to see you there!
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JAN
29

Thank you for Supporting the Badge

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The Westminster Police Officers Association would like to thank YOU for your donation, time and committed support during our “Support The Badge” fundraising campaign. Your generous donations will help us support our critically injured officers and their families. Thank you for your generosity and for standing side-by-side with our law enforcement family. Thank YOU for joining our police family and being part of a community team that connects us all together! Your donation has helped us reach our...
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NOV
14

Join Us In Making a Difference in our Community!

Join Us In Making a Difference in our Community!
Our annual fundraiser is back! We would like to thank you for your support of the men and women of our Police Association who protect us each and every day. A police officer’s job can be stressful and demanding, but we take great pride in helping our fellow citizens whenever we get the chance. It’s not just our job, it’s our honor to serve. Please join in our mission, and support the men and women of law enforcement, Donate Here! Our officers frequently go into harm’s way to protect our communit...
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SEP
18

Help a Fallen Hero

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*Help us help a hero by sharing with your friends and family to spread the word* Costa Mesa Police Officer Oscar Reyes, a 13-year veteran, passed away on September 12th after a medical emergency. Officer Reyes leaves behind his wife and three children ages 15,14, and 10. If you would like to make a contribution, please see our official donation page here. All donations are tax-deductible and any amount is greatly appreciated.  
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SEP
04

Remembering 9/11

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The tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001 changed America forever. On this day, we honor the 343 lives that were lost as they attempted to save the lives of others. We will never forget the bravery and sacrifice of these heroes.
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AUG
23

Police throw birthday party for 8-year-old girl - PoliceOne

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A Maine Police Department knew just what to do for this little girl when no one showed up to her birthday party. To read the full PoliceOne story, click here.
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JUN
22

Why 2018 could be an especially deadly year for cops

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"Maybe they forget [officers] have families," Gloria Vega said. "But they're just like everybody else. The only difference is my dad went out there ... he sacrificed his family, sacrificed us having him, to protect people he doesn't even know.” To read the full story, click here.   
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JUN
05

Photos from 999 Ride

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  On May 19th, members of Westminster PD and Project 999 began their 630 mile memorial bike ride from the state Peace Officer Memorial in Sacramento to our memorial here at WPD. The ride will consist of three groups of riders riding approximately 158 miles a day (split between the groups) for four days, ending on May 23rd. Once they arrived, we hosted our annual Police Officer Memorial Ceremony. Check out our photos from the ride below:
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MAY
25

What happens when we run out of cops?

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What happens when we run out of cops? This is a question worth asking as it pertains to the safety of our communities, families, and friends. Police recruitment and retention may be one of this countries biggest problems. To read more about what will happen when we run out of law enforcement officers, click on the link below.  https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/what-happens-when-we-run-out-of-cops/
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MAY
13

Celebrating Police Week 2018

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This year, from May 13th to May 19th, thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals, friends, family, and survivors, gather in Washington D.C for National Police Week. In 2017 alone, 129 officers were killed in the line of duty. Since 1791, a total of 21,541 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. One of the most moving ceremonies is the Annual Candlelight Vigil, where the names of fallen officers will be forever etched into the Memorial Wall. Unlike many memorials in W...
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APR
24

Westminster PD Officer Jezulin first to administer life-saving nasal spray in the field

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http://behindthebadgeoc.com/cities/wpd/westminster-pd-narcan-instructor-first-administer-life-saving-nasal-spray-field/ Officer Jezulin answered a call from the east side of Westminster about a possible heroin overdose of a 27-year old man. When Officer Jezulin arrived at the scene, the 27 year old had no pulse. He adminstered the narcan, a nasal spray specifically designed to stop the effects of an overdose.  After 60-90 seconds, the man started to breathe again. Officer Jezulin saved his ...
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APR
23

Police Officer Memorial Ceremony & Awards Banquet

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Please join us for our Police Officer Memorial Ceremony & Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The Memorial Ceremony begins at 5:30 PM at the Westminster Police Department and the Awards Banquet will follow at the Westminster Rose Center. See flyer for additional information.     
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APR
17

Save the Date 5/23 - 999 Ride & Memorial Ceremony

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Save the Date! On Wednesday, May 23rd, officers from Westminster will return from their 630 mile ride from the Peace Officer Memorial at the State Capitol in Sacramento to Orange County as participants of the 999 Project Memorial Bicycle Ride. We will be holding our own memorial event in the courtyard that evening and would appreciate your support. RSVPs are required and additional information to follow.    About the 999 Ride  On May 19 th , 2018 members of WPD and Project 999 wil...
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MAR
27

Police Officers Memorial Charity Ride

The Westminster Police Officers Memorial Foundation benefits officers injured in the line of duty and the families of officers killed in the line of duty, throughout the United States.   Click here to view the flyer. 
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MAR
20

One For The Team - Chipotle Fundraiser

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The Westminster Police Officer Memorial Foundation needs your help! On March 22nd between 11:00am and 3:00pm, join us at the Chipotle on 6777 Westminster Blvd, Ste A to raise money for an important cause. Mention this fundraiser while you order to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Westminster Police Officer Memorial Foundtaion. See you all there!     
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JAN
24

Thank you for your support

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The Westminster Police Officers’ Association would like to express our gratitude for your overwhelming generosity during our “ Red , White , Blue , and YOU” fundraising campaign. We truly live by our campaign slogan “One Nation, One Community, Many Voices, Under the Banner of Unity.” Together we do make our community a better and safe place to live and work. We are honored to have your continued support, and we pledge to uphold our promises to give back to the community that we love. Thank you t...
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DEC
06

Help Make a Difference in Our Community!

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On behalf of our officers and our fellow citizens, the Westminster Police Officers’ Association is asking you today for your support. While our nation is facing unprecedented times, we are thankful for our community who has stayed strong and united and we value the support you have shown our officers.    Donate Here Today! The Westminster Police Officers’ Association is dedicated to safety and improving our community, but we need your help! Your support will allow us to continue to fun...
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SEP
08

9-11 LETTER

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So often we commemorate the day or memorialize an overwhelming mass tragedy, but lose sight of the individuals, the moments in time, the instances that change our world. The below letter, written to a 9/11 survivor, to the police officer who saved her that day, could easily go out to any Officer in the field today.  In instances each and every day, they give of themselves selflessly, without hesitation, in the face of fear. Alongside members from each of the various emergency services - the...
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MAY
18

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK HONORED 135 FALLEN

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.   This May marks the 55th year, in which thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals,...
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MAY
10

55TH NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sake of justice.   In the years and decades to ...
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MAY
02

WESTMINSTER LOCAL BUSINESSES WE NEED YOUR HELP

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Once a year we reach out to the businesses in our local community asking you for your support.  Annually we look at how we can increase our impact in our community, and we continually strive to outdo our previous year. Your support allows us to make a bigger impact in the community we both share. Here is your chance to join the Westminster POA's community outreach mission. Join us by donating today, your contribution goes toward making our community stronger.   Donate By Clicking Here ...
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DEC
14

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER

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We proudly protect our communities, children, and families, despite the difficult year the brave men and women of Law Enforcement has had to face. It is not an easy job, but we wear our badge with a humble pride and seek to make the community we share a safer place to live and work. That’s why I am asking for your help. At the time you receive this letter there have been 138  line of duty deaths  of Law Enforcement officers across the US, and officer's killed by gun fire is up 72% from...
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NOV
02

Honoring American Heroes, Past and Present

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Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us.  National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for us to unite as a community and to honor those who have given their lives to protect us, our fam...
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MAY
09

HONORING AMERICAN HEROES, PAST AND PRESENT

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Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us.  National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for us to unite as a community and to honor those who have given their lives to protect us, our fam...
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APR
27

CALLING ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

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Small businesses are a major contributor to the strength of our local economy.  Literally, small businesses are the backbone of our local community and we appreciate your investment and hard work to make our community a great place to live and work.  According to the 2010 Census, 99.7% of U.S. employer firms are small businesses.  Almost half of the nation's private sector workforce is employed by small business,  there is nothing small about these facts.  That is why we...
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FEB
26

THE STATE OF POLICING IN AMERICA REPORTED BY MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  How ever the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally shot by officers, this kind of situation gets the media’s attention, understandably. However, it is im...
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FEB
25

Getting their attention: The heart behind the badge

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Parker wrote an eye opening letter depicting his 31 years on the job. The letter shares Parker’s love of the job and the hardships a career in law enforcement can bring. Parker says, “I have buried my friends and seen their children grieve, feeling lost and alone, yet surrounded by a sea of uniforms. I have seen the extreme cruelty that one human being can inflict on another and the incredible kindness of everyday people toward the less fortunate.” As stat...
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NOV
30

#GIVINGTUESDAY

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December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. This is the time of year when we think about all that we are thankful for this holiday season. We are thankful for each and every person out there backing the Westminster POA. Throughout the year we work hard to give back to our local community in many ways. To view the organizations we sponsor and how we give back visit our "Charities We Support" page. If you would like to show your support for the Westminster POA, please visi...
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FEB
05

DUI ARRESTS ARE UP

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It’s a story heard a lot these days. Alcohol-related arrests of drivers operating a car under the influence is skyrocketing in many places.In the Province of Ontario, Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) agency announced that impaired driving arrests were up in January 37% compared to the same time last year. OPP Officers logged 118 impaired driving charges in January, versus 86 charges in January of 2014. The latest statistics come on the heels a fatal crash on Highway 401 in Whitby that...
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AUG
14

ARREST MADE IN SANTA ANA SHOOTING THAT LEFT 1 DEAD, 2 INJURED

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Investigators have arrested a man suspected of unleashing a volley of shots at a parked car, leaving one dead and two critically injured, authorities said. Dustin Sean McDonald is accused of firing seven to 10 times at a red 2011 Chevrolet late Tuesday night while a man and two women sat inside. He was arrested Wednesday night near his Garden Grove home during a car stop, said Santa Ana Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Aaron Jonathan Chavez, 23, of Anaheim was pronounced dead in the front passenger seat o...
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AUG
14

COSTA MESA MAN FOUND GUILTY OF 1979 COLD-CASE MURDER IN TORRANCE

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A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Thursday convicted a 62-year-old Costa Mesa man of first-degree murder in the 1979 cold-case killing of a nurse in Torrance.Douglas Bradford shook his head but showed little emotion as the jury read the guilty verdict. He faces a sentence of 26 years to life in prison when he returns to court Oct. 10. Lynn Knight, a 28-year-old nurse from Canada, was found brutally slain in her Torrance apartment on Aug. 30, 1979. The killer used a homemade garrote to strangl...
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AUG
04

POLICE OFFICER RETIREMENT MYTHS VS. FACTS

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With so much of the fiscal crisis blame being placed on retiree benefits. CalPers has released information regarding the facts around CalPers retirees.  You can view thier information at: http://www.calpersresponds.com/all-myths-vs-facts.php
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DEC
16

CRIME PREVENTION

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Simple Crime Prevention: Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life: -Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone.  -Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else. Do not give thieves the opportunity. Put valuables in the trunk or cover them so they are not...
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DEC
16

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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You can feel so vulnerable during domestic violence situations. Here are some protection tips for you at home while you are still with your abuser, in your car, and with your cell phone. I am also including tips regarding your finances, belongings, and reputation to help you feel more in control. Abuser's want total control over you. If they can't have you, they may try to destroy you in every way possible, or take your life. These protection tips are to help you get through this difficult seaso...
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DEC
16

INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

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Internet and Website Safety Tips: Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.  Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target: -Do not share things such as email ad...
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