It’s about community as Santa Ana Police Chief announces retirement


“Community first” has become the mantra of the Santa Ana Police Department. The phrase is emblazoned on walls inside the police station. It’s the first thing you see on the agency’s website and is featured prominently in the community events the department stages. To retiring Chief David Valentin, who coined the phrase two years ago, it is a simple message that Valentin says encompasses the “ethos and framework” of the department. “At the end of the day, why are we here?” Valentin asked. “The reason we’re here is to serve our community. If we put our community first, good things…

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