The Merced County Sheriff’s Department will reopen its Delhi substation this week, the first time since the office closed in 2010 because of budget constraints.
The department will kick off the reopening at 10 a.m. Sunday, according to Sheriff Tom Cavallero. Equipment from the Sheriff’s Department will be on display, followed by public tours of the substation.
Cavallero said the office will provide services to the public, such as filing or picking up reports. The office will have a full-time lieutenant, Jeff Coburn, to oversee the patrol units and the county’s Animal Control facility.
Despite the Delhi substation’s closure four years ago, Cavallero said the number of deputies assigned to the area remained unchanged. About 11 deputies patrol the area, he said.
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“While the deputy resources didn’t change, I think it’s important folks have access to their public safety providers,” Cavallero said. “It’s really just an avenue for the public to have access to the Sheriff’s Department through the substation.”
District 4 Supervisor Deidre Kelsey, whose district includes Delhi, applauded the decision to reopen the substation during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Cavallero told the Merced Sun-Star he’s grateful the board and county executive office invested resources in public safety.
Cavallero said the reopening of the Delhi substation is personal to him because he was part of the command staff in 2010 that shut it down.
Cavallero’s term as sheriff ends this year, and he said he’s grateful to see the office reopen during his tenure.
“At the time it closed in 2010, it was a decision I had to make. It was closed on my watch, and I wanted to be the one to reopen it,” Cavallero said. “Of all the things I could accomplish during my year as sheriff, this was most important to me.”
The Delhi substation is at 9481 Shanks Road, across from Schendel Avenue.