Merced Police Department swears in two new officers
Two new officers sworn in today
Two new officers were sworn into the Merced Police Department by Police Capt. Bimley West today, Nicolas Rosales and Jesus Gonzalez. Interim Chief Christopher Goodwin was at a training.
The pair were joined by family and friends, members of the Department and City staff for the ceremony Friday afternoon in the City Council chambers.
Rosales, 22, grew up in Merced and graduated from Golden Valley High School. He took criminal justice classes at Merced College before attending the police academy. Law enforcement runs in the family -- he has a cousin who works in the Merced County Sheriff's Department. Rosales' brother, Dominic, pinned his badge on him during the swearing in ceremony.
In his spare time, Rosales enjoys fishing, working out and spending time with his family and friends.
Gonzales, 26, grew up in Livingston and graduated from Livingston High School. He is currently working on his criminal justice degree at Stanislaus State University. The oldest of four, Gonzales is engaged to be married to Diana Angulo. She pinned his badge on him during the swearing in ceremony.
In his spare time, Gonzales enjoys playing soccer and playing the guitar.
The Department currently has 89 sworn officers and is budgeted for 97 positions.
The City is currently recruiting for both police officers and police officer trainees. The position of police officer pays $60,507.20 - $73,548.80 a year. Trainees can earn from $39,187.20 - $47,632.00. More information on the jobs can be found at the City's website, www.cityofmerced.org.