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New officer sworn into the ranks

Mike Conway

Post Date:12/18/2017

Elliott Coleman sworn in as police officer

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

Coleman, 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, he 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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