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  • dc matthews

    I think, especially because of Mr Kelly Thomas and the many people with addiction and psychosis or other mh issues who need PD with specialized training, and homeless disabled veterans ( like me) and the problems of a few bad apples who cause a lot of PR issues ; a site like this can do much to improve communities perception and within the departments encourage more training, good works and more positive interactions. To me this is very much needed for PD and citizens to improve relationships. When I was young, back east, more PD walked a beat, had horses and bikes and interacted and they knew and could work with the usual “problem people”. Even if they were not as sophisticated in MH training as they are today, they seemed to be able to do it better. Pasadena’s Hope Team and the hard work of an ex homeless cop, Bob, did a lot for that city. OC cities should implement similar programs as a suppliers market in housing and homeless prevention failures force many to the road and a life outside of the expected normal.

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  • Philmore

    Patting themselves on the back can be funded from the Union dues on their “TOP Tier of the City Budget” salaries, and has NO place competing with public PRIORITIES that have to be sacrificed in this tight economy. Anaheim’s CITY Magazine, ALSO tax funded, ALREADY never fails to give them PLENTY of uncritical coverage. Glad this came out before Budget Hearings this week.

  • George Saadeh

    While this discussion is worth having, it strikes me as odd that Behind the Badge is being criticized for portraying cops in a better light than in the mainstream media, and for having won an award for great visual content. Bill Rams was an honest, effective reporter for the Register, and he’s being up front about the website’s funding. It’s about time that cops become more savvy about showing what police work is like–not only from the perspective of gritty field work, but the softer side of policing as well. It’s about time the ninety-nine percent in the law enforcement community that do good work are given a seat at the media table. Publications such as Behind the Badge are sorely needed. I only wish there were more of them.

    • KateD

      I agree completely with the statement that most cops are good cops. But this kind of self-aggrandizement smacks of whitewashing. Cops are notorious for covering up and ignoring wrongdoing by other officers, under the color of authority. I would have a lot more respect for cops if they would stop kissing up to each other and start holding bad cops accountable. Policing themselves would do wonders for their public image. Then they wouldn’t need to kiss themselves, we would be doing it for them.

      • M Mikens

        Oh and Unions are clean? Has VOC ever written anything about OC Unions?

        • KateD

          *laugh* Of course they aren’t. Never have been, never will be. And to be fair to Norbrrto, I have seen him write about union s, notably OCEA and the sheriff’s. Fair is Fair, no one is blameless. But cops should be held to a higher standard, because they hold our lives in their hands, as well as guns. Great cops are a national treasure. Bad cops are a national disgrace. I wish they would drop the blue line, in order to weed out the psychos and other bad apples. I think they can do it, but they have to change their culture and that is a tough thing to do.

          • Mike Burtin

            But at least their stories are factual. OC Voice can’t claim that. You are not even saying that they are not. Only debating that they should have less rights to put their stories out? Cops have fewer bad apples than ANY other profession. That is a fact and you really should look it up. Liberal gossip rags like OC Voice need to really look at their stories and perspectives.

          • KateD

            Yes, maybe. But their bad apples kill people.

          • Mike Burtin

            At a far smaller rate and much more justified then the civilian population does.

          • KateD

            “Everybody is doing it ” was not a good excuse for my parents when I was a kid, and it doesn’t wash here. Call me crazy, but I thought that cops were supposed to be better than criminals. Go figure.

      • Mike Burtin

        No worse than the very liberal left nonsense that comes from this forum. Talks about self-aggrandizement that smacks of whitewashing facts.

    • Cynthia Ward

      I have no beef with Behind the Badge if they want to fund the publication from union dues. But it comes from Anaheim’s General Fund! Most folks agree, the good guys outweigh the bad guys by a bunch. My beef is the environment in which the good guys cannot speak out without retaliation, so while the bad guys are a minority by far, they CONTROL the PD with their code of silence covering their misdeeds, and THAT is out of control. Spin it all they want, until there is a mechanism to root out the bad ones and make them accountable, there will be protests and distrust, because when we are pulled over there is no way to know if it is a good guy flashing lights behind us ready to write a ticket and send us on our way…or if the dirtbag with a reputation for raping women has just cornered us on a dark road and we are in for it…and knowing if that has just happened there will be no recourse is the worst part of it all. Behind the Badge serves a purpose, great, it tells PART of a story that should be told, not all cops suck, congratulations, but why should our General Fund money intended to provide LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICE be hijacked to spin an image for bad behavior ALSO committed as an expenditure of General Fund revenue for on-the-clock behavior? Let the union pay for it.

  • RyanCantor

    Mmmmm. State funded domestic propaganda. The bedrock of every stable and healthy democracy.

  • M Mikens

    Wait a minute the Voice of OC is funded by liberals and unions, and you are calling them out? The VOC had the Sacramento Bee editor of the Editorial page on their board, see story below

    http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2015/03/11/ethics-are-troubling-for-sacramento-bee-editor-with-dual-role-at-union-backed-voice-of-orange-county/

    • KateD

      The difference is that they are using our tax dollars to kiss themselves on the internet, while VOC depends on donations made willingly.

      • Robert Dolezal

        Public employee union dues and private foundation contributions sourced from public dollars from programs like Covered California given to Voice of OC are “donations made willingly,” eh?

        • KateD

          Actually, yes. I don’t know how other unions do it, but mine is very up front about the donations they do.

          • M Mikens

            What happens if your Union has a contract from an OC city or the county?

        • Mike Burtin

          If you poll every member of every union that contributes to Voice of OC most will tell you they don’t want their money going to that rag. I know I don’t…

    • Mike Burtin

      It is all about hate. Nobody takes the OC Voice seriously but everyone loves Behind the Badge OC. LOL. Just a little green eyed monster. LOL

      • KateD

        Everybody? I think that is a stretch. And, really, if a group really needs to pat themselves on the back and give each other kudos that much,? Maybe they have bigger issues. Most people do their jobs without needing a cookie and a medal. Maybe if cops quit covering up for the psychos and idiots in their own ranks, and took it a bit more seriously when they do wrong, sites like this would be a genuine thanks from the public that they are supposed to protect, instead of posterior kissing from themselves. There is a term for this kind of self satisfaction, but I won’t use it here. But I am pretty sure that “everybody” does it…just not so publicly.