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Correction: New officer sworn in today

Mike Conway

Post Date:12/18/2017

Correction: Fixes names to Coleman Elliott and Rick Elliott

Photo cutlines:     Coleman Elliott is given the oath of office by Acting Police Chief Christopher Goodwin.

                               Coleman Elliott has his badged pinned on him by his father, Rick Elliott, as Acting Police Chief Goodwin looks on.

 Coleman Elliott sworn in as police officer

Coleman Elliott was sworn in as a police officer today by Acting Police Chief Christopher Goodwin.

Elliott, 28, completed the Fresno Police Academy as a trainee sponsored by the Merced Police Department. He holds a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Stanislaus State.

An Atwater native, Elliott enjoys camping, backpacking and long-distance rifle shooting.

The Merced Police Department has 87 sworn officers and is budgeted for 97. The pay for police officers is $5,042 to $6,129 a month.

The Merced Police Department is hiring now. It is looking for both POST certified/lateral applicants and is also willing to put people through the police academy while paying them. For more information go to

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