University of California, Merced

Officers behind table for UC Merced PD

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced is the tenth and newest campus in the state. We are located in Merced County, which is in the San Joaquin Valley.

UC Merced prides itself with most of the buildings being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified or green buildings. The campus motto is Fiat lux, which is Latin for “let there be light.” The first class started in September of 2005 and student enrollment continues to climb each year.

The UC Merced Police Department serves the UC Merced community and associated university property 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department is a full-service agency. It is dedicated to the safety and security of the campus and surrounding communities.

  • Police Services
  • Emergency Management

Our police officers, public safety dispatchers, community service officers, student volunteers, support staff and managers provide innovative and caring professional service to the community.

Mission Statement

n accord with the highest professional standards in proactive, community-focused services, the UC Merced Police Department promotes and maintains a safe and secure environment for our richly diverse community.

In partnership with the community, through the highest standards of police services, violence prevention, emergency management, and community outreach, we enhance the quality of life so UC Merced can reach and maintain its fundamental missions of learning, research, teaching and public service.

We accomplish our mission through community trust and support, with well-equipped, well-trained, department members who deliver traditional and innovative services designed with sensitivity for our broad, unique UC Merced Community.

Heroes of Merced

Board Members

Josie Haywood


This is my second round, serving the UC Merced officers as the FUPOA rep for our campus. I started as a reserve officer for the City of Atwater right out of high school, later worked as a deputy sheriff for Merced County for several years before lateralling over to UC Merced in 2007. Overall, I have about 16 years of experience in law enforcement.

I have instructed RAD classes, Taser Instructor, Field Training Officer (FTO), Community Service Officer Supervisor, Crime prevention and Duress Alarm training.


Our Events
  • Employ Community Service Officers (CSO, students)
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense program)
  • Citizen Police Academy
  • Police Mentors (students)
  • Lost and Found
  • Bike and Electronics Registration
  • Live Scan
  • Emergency Blue Lights
  • Community Outreach
  • Violent Intruder Response Training
  • Participate in Special Olympics/ Bagging for bucks

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