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New police officer sworn in Friday, joins brother on force

Mike Conway

Post Date:09/06/2019

New police officer sworn in Friday, joins brother on force

It really was like becoming part of a family Friday when Vincent Wilkins was sworn into the Merced Police Department Friday. Vincent joined his brother in the Department, where Brandon Wilkins will celebrate his sixth anniversary this month.

Vincent Wilkins was sworn in as the newest officer in the Merced Police Department during ceremonies Friday.

Surrounded by family and friends, Wilkins was administered the oath of office by Police Chief Christopher Goodwin. Even Wilkins' former football coach came out for the ceremonies.

Wilkins, 30, of Atwater, spent eight years working with adults with developmental disabilities before training to become a police officer. He also had been a personal trainer for nine years.

A Merced High graduate, he went to Merced College. He has been a volunteer with the Special Olympics.

His family includes his girlfriend, Nidia Hartford, his parents, Vincent Wilkins and Chante Dobbins, two brothers, Brandon and Dexter, and two sisters, Barbara and Brandy.

In his spare time, Wilkins enjoys working out, traveling and cooking.

The Department has 95 out of 98 officer positions in its budget filled, although three of those are in the classification of police officer trainee.

The position of police officer pays $63,731.20 - $77,459.20 a year.  Trainees can earn from $41,267.20 - $50,169.60 a year. More information on the jobs can be found at the City's website, www.cityofmerced.org.

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