The bomb unit is comprised of three officers who have completed an extensive six-week FBI basic bomb school in Redstone, Alabama. The unit responds to reports of suspicious packages and suspected devices throughout the county of Merced. The unit is equipped with a bomb truck, bomb trailer, and a newly purchased bomb robot and bomb detection canine. In addition to responding to calls for service with the city limits, the unit is loaned on a mutual aid basis to surrounding law enforcement agencies at their request. The Merced Police Department bomb squad is the only FBI certified bomb unit from Modesto to Fresno. The bomb unit also assists with dignitary protection when called upon.