Three Merced County men join the CHP

Three Merced County residents have recently been sworn in as California Highway Patrol officers.

Justin Beutel of Merced, a 2008 graduate of Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, has been assigned to serve in the CHP’s Indio area office. Before joining the CHP, Beutel received a degree in political science from UC Merced, the law enforcement agency said in a news release.

Edgar M. Carrillo, a Livingston native and 2005 graduate of Livingston High School, has been assigned to the San Diego office. Carrillo, a former correctional officer with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, studied criminal justice at Merced Community College, the CHP said.

Jeremy Keller of Merced, a 2005 Merced High School graduate, has been assigned to the Baldwin Park office. Keller earned a degree in business administration from California State University, Stanislaus. Prior to joining the CHP, Keller worked as a clerk at Raley’s in Merced.

All three new officers completed the CHP’s rigorous 27-week cadet training program, which included classes in vehicle patrol, accident investigation, first aid, capturing and arresting criminal suspects, and identifying drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.