Behind the BadgeThank you for visiting Behind the Badge – news and features from a public-safety perspective. We cover crime and crime prevention.  We track trends and share stories about the men and women who keep Southern California safe. And we offer commentary from law enforcement experts.

Through our reporting and commentaries, we strive to inform the public about the growing complexity and evolving standards of modern policing and firefighting. Today’s officers, firefighters and paramedics are more educated than any in history – and they are using new strategies and embracing technology to enhance the region’s outstanding safety record.

Since launching in July of 2014, we’ve published more than 3,500 articles, columns and videos. Our content has reached millions of people, been picked up by local, regional and national media and has won top Orange County Press Club awards for writing, video and photography.


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