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Who we are


Chou Her 

Chief of Police

A glance into Chief Her’s mind sheds light on how his past shaped him into who he is today. He uniquely serves others as a result of embracing his roots. Service and connection to the community are the reason he got into law enforcement instead of following his goal to become a pediatrician. ...READ MORE

 

George Gongora

Lieutenant

 

 

They say elephants have the best memories.  We disagree, as our Police Lieutenant, George Gongora, can remember things we are amazed at.  His ability to recall and reflect on small and significant incidents of his life provide an insight into how he serves at UC Merced....READ MORE

 

Kari Gomes

Sergeant 

“Everything happens for a reason.” This is Sgt. Kari Gomes’ favorite quote. When she recalls the timeline of her life, it is clear to see how she came to UCMPD and why she remains. Kari grew up along the Central Coast. Her passion was sports and showing pigs in the 4-H and FFA at her county fair....READ MORE

 

Jason Jacklitsch

Sergeant 

What is going on in the Supreme Court today? This is a question we all ask Sergeant Jason Jacklitsch on the daily. He is passionate about staying informed about how local, state, nationwide, and global issues impact UC Merced. Rarely do any of the issues focus on law enforcement, as he is concerned .....READ MORE

 

 Rafael Chavez

Sergeant 

 

A little bit about Sergeant Rafael Chavez who is one of three sergeants at UCMPD. Sgt. Chavez has been with UCPD for the past three and a half years. Sgt. Chavez has had to adjust to policing at an educational institution....READ MORE

 

Raquel Rios

Detective 

A distinct laugh can be heard from any room in the police department even if a door is closed.  Detective Rios is always saying funny things to make us laugh.  She frequently refers to herself as the “Department cheerleader.” .....READ MORE 

 

Fernando Flores

Police Officer

Setting a positive example and spreading awareness of not taking anything for granted is a small piece of a code Officer Flores lives by. He has been employed as a police officer with UC Merced since August 2018.....READ MORE

 

Olaf Lopez

Police Officer

Today we are getting to know Olaf Lopez and how he came to be a part of the UC Merced Police Department.

Officer Lopez was born in a small village town in Mexico. His parents struggled to make a decent living leading up to the birth of Olaf....READ MORE

 

 Israel Garcia

Police Officer

When Israel was in the 5th grade, he was involved in a physical altercation with three of his classmates. When asked by school administrators why he was fighting, he stated he was protecting a classmate that was being bullied...READ MORE

 

James Marshall

Police Officer

In this series of WHO WE ARE, we introduce Officer James Marshall. James has been a UCM Officer for approximately 3 years. He previously worked as a police officer for the City of Merced for almost 15 years.

James was born in Modesto and raised in Ceres until he moved to Merced in middle school...READ MORE

 

Vince Sapien

Police Officer

In this series of “Who We Are” we dive into who UC Merced Police officer Vince Sapien is. Vince is a native Mercedian. Vince was born and raised in Merced and is a fine example of what quality citizens Merced produces. Growing up in a Hispanic household, he learned the values of family....READ MORE

 

Eddie Gaytan

Police Officer

This is Officer Eddie Gaytan. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has two children. He comes from a family of 6 and was born and raised in Fresno, CA. At 8 years old, his parents split, and he was raised in separate houses....READ MORE

 

Josie Haywood

Police Officer

Officer Haywood has worked at UC Merced Police department for 13 years. During this time, she has watched the campus grow from dirt lots to beautiful buildings with a diverse community.

Officer Haywood always knew she wanted a career in law enforcement from a young age....READ MORE

 

Jason Cope

Police Officer

Jason Cope was born and raised in Merced, California. He played water polo, golf, and swam freestyle and backstroke on the swim team for a high school in Merced.   These sports were more than just sports, this was a time to be on a team with close friends and work on team goals.  Following graduation of high school, he joined the United States Army...READ MORE

 

Enrique Rodriguez

Police Officer

 

Deciding to change careers is never an easy choice. Officer Rodriguez grew up in the Merced area and attended Golden Valley high school. He was part of the track and cross-country team coached by Bill Hurst who was a major influence in his life. Coach Hurst taught valuable life lessons....READ MORE

 

Officer Kourtney Brown

Police Officer

 

Officer Kourtney Brown has a desire to always be the best version of herself, which comes from her natural competitiveness. She remembers playing softball at five years old. Her mother, father, uncle and aunts played slow pitch softball in the adult league on weekday nights. The weekends were all about filling up one half of the church with just her family alone. ....READ MORE

 

Reannon Cook

Communications/Records Supervisor

 

Work is our home away from home.  Dispatch and Records Supervisor, Reannon Cook, laughs about spending more hours at the police department than her own house the past 15 years.  Her loyalty to the agency is due to working with those she calls friends and family....READ MORE