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Police Insight Program

The UC Merced Police Department offers a free 6-week Police Insight Program.


  • Introduction to UCMPD patrol, Investigations, and dispatch
  • Hiring standards & process
  • Tour of UCMPD
  • Overview of criminal justice system
  • Use of force
  • Social media cases
  • Radar experience on Lake/Bellevue to guess how fast drivers are going
  • DUI drunk goggles- see how driving at .08 is dangerous
  • Fingerprinting
  • Hands on traffic stops



  • DNA
  • Shoeprint casting
  • Blood spatter
  • Eyewitness activity
  • Crime scene scenarios
  • Mental health & suicide
  • Online predators
  • Domestic violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual assault
  • Narcotics & drug trafficking
  • Perform Field Sobriety tests you see on tv


Police Department's Conference Room

Activities include:

Scenario role playing

Officer ride-along

Who is eligible to apply?

The program is open to UC Merced students only (Staff program during Summer).

Applicants must be 18 years old on or before the first class session.

Applicants must not have felony convictions or outstanding warrants.

Applicants must not be on parole or probation.

Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.



Fall 2019 Cohort

October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6

Spring 2020 Cohort

March 4, March 11, March 18, April 1, April 8, April 15

How to apply:

  1. Make sure you are eligible before applying.
  2. Write a brief letter of interest.
  3. Complete the application.
  4. Submit the application and letter of interest to the UC Merced Police Department.

More questions:


Joshua Lutz