The Arson Unit investigates arson related fires within the City of Merced. The unit is charged with determining the cause and origin of suspicious fires and is aided by the Merced City Fire Department during these investigations. The objective in working with the Merced Fire Department is to combine expertise from each agency. This will ensure that each fire investigation would flow smoothly from the fire scene examination through the court process. This is accomplished with teamwork, coordination, cooperation, and a total commitment from each department.