Merced County Sheriff’s Department to display equipment Saturday

Residents interested in getting a closer look at the equipment Merced County Sheriff’s deputies use to do their job will have that opportunity this Saturday at Merced College, 3600 M St.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the department will hold its equipment “roll-out,” showcasing a range of crime-fighting tools used by the department, including SWAT vehicles and boats used by the Dive Team.

The free public event will mark the second time the department has assembled its equipment for observation by the public, according to sheriff’s officials.

Some of the items slated for display include the department’s Robertson R44 Raven II helicopter and its 1973 UH-1H – the Vietnam-era chopper commonly known as “Huey.” The department will also display its 2010 Lenco Bearcat, a tactical armored vehicle used by SWAT officers during emergency situations. Members of the department’s K-9 unit will be on hand, showing the public the specially trained dogs that deputies use to fight crime.

Staff will also be on hand to register community members for the new Merced County Emergency Notification System. Community members will also be able to register youth for the sheriff’s Explorer Program, and adults can register to be a part of the department’s community volunteer program, and Search and Rescue program.

Merced College is located at 3600 M St. For more information, contact Deputy Delray Shelton at (209) 385-7608.