Sheriff's Office

Sheriff standing near old wooden structure

As Sheriff of Merced County it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Sheriff’s Office web site. This site is in furtherance of our ongoing effort to work with our communities to keep Merced County safe by providing up to date information and access to you, the public we serve.
​The men and women of the Merced County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to providing the finest quality law enforcement and correctional services.
​                                                                                       Sheriff Vernon H. Warnke

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide responsive, professional, and caring law enforcement services to all the people of Merced County. We will:

  • Respond to calls for service promptly
  • Protect lives and property to the very best of our abilities
  • Initiate and maintain crime prevention programs
  • Apprehend criminal offenders

We will maintain correctional facilities and operate correctional programs in the most efficient and effective manner possible. We will be diligent in our role as Coroners to protect the rights and dignity of those who can no longer speak for themselves. As Merced County Sheriff / Coroner employees, we will always conform to the high standards expected by the public, by being fair, compassionate, unbiased, and in conformance with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.