Risk Management

Crime Rate
Jurisdiction Property Crime Rate per 1,000 Violent Crime Rate per 1,000
City of Merced 14.8 6.3
City of Fresno 22.4 6.1
City of Madera 12.8 7.1
City of Modesto 7.2 6.9
City of Turlock 2.1 6.7
City of Visalia 10.4 4.6
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (www.fbi.gov), 2010 data (October 2011)

The Merced Police Department is a highly trained and professional organization that is dedicated to fighting crime and preserving public safety.  Response time to in-progress calls is 3 minutes on average and response time to non-critical calls is 10 minutes on average.

Police Protection
Provider # Stations Officers per 1,000 Special Units
City of  Merced Police Department
611 W. 22nd Street
Merced, CA 95340
Norm Andrade, Chief
1 HQ
2 Substations
1.2 Bomb Unit
K-9 Unit
Bike Patrol
County of Merced Sheriff
700 W. 22nd Street
Merced, CA 95340
Mark Pazin, Sheriff
HQ 4.4 Dive Team
K-9 Unit
Source: Merced Police Department (www.cityofmerced.org/depts/police/default.asp); Merced County Sheriff's Office (www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=87); Officers per 1,000 population data is from the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics Police Employees 2010 data (www.fbi.gov), (October 2011)

 The City of Merced is served by five staffed Fire Stations strategically located throughout the community.  Each station has an established geographic response area with an average response time of 4 to 6 minutes.  The department has an Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating of 2.  Supporting this rating are 5 staffed engine companies and 1 staffed truck company.  The Merced Fire Department possesses equipment and training for specialized responses including confined space rescue, trench rescue, emergency medical services, first responder hazardous materials respons and aircraft firefighting.

Fire Protection
Provider # Stations Special Units
City of Merced Fire Department
99 E. 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Mike McLaughlin, Chief
5 HazMat / 
Fire Investigation
Fireworks Permitting
Business Inspections
Hazardous Operations
Public Education
County of Merced Fire Department
735 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Merced, CA 95341
1 Emergency Medical /
  Rescue Response
Emergency Services
Fire Prevention
Fire Protection
Hazardous Material
  Emergency Response
Public Education
  First Aide & CPR
  Flood Control
  Blood Pressure
*Insurance Rating: n/a  
Source: Merced Fire Department (www.cityofmerced.org/depts/fire/default.asp); Merced County Fire Department (www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=70) (October 2011)
*Insurance Rating - ISO (Insurance Services Office) determines the ISO ratings and that information is purchased (by subscription) by insurance offices. Your insurance agent should have current information and provide you with your ISO rating for your particular address.