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Here are the newest Merced officers in command positions

Lt. Alan Ward took a promotion and was sworn in on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Merced City Hall.
Lt. Alan Ward took a promotion and was sworn in on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Merced City Hall. tmiller@mercedsunstar.com

Three Merced officers took promotions in the department and were sworn in this week.

Interim Police Chief Christopher Goodwin oversaw the ceremonies that swore in Lt. Alan Ward, Sgt. Edward Drum and Sgt. Joseph Perez on Tuesday at City Hall.

Ward has been with the department for 25 years, according to a news release. He has supervised the Disruptive Area Response Team, code enforcement, animal control, the hostage negotiations team and the K9 unit, the release said.

Lieutenants make between $96,613 and $117,434 annually, according to the release.

A Golden Valley High School and Merced College graduate, Perez is a 15-year veteran of the department, the release said. He served in the Gang Violence Suppression Unit, the Disruptive Area Response Team and the detectives division. He has been assigned to the bomb squad for the past six years.

In 2012, he was awarded the Merced County Stephan Gray Memorial gang officer of the year award, the release said.

Hired by the department as a trainee in March 2005, Drum has been a field training officer, a member of the Gang Violence Suppression Unit, SWAT assistant team leader, honor guard, active shooter instructor and arrest and control instructor, the release said.

He, too, graduated from Golden Valley High School and Merced College. He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Union Institute and University, the release said..

The pay for sergeants is $83,460 to $101,446 a year, the release said.

The city is recruiting police officers and and officer trainees.

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