California Penal Code, section 602(o), allows private property owners to authorize local law enforcement to arrest trespassers under certain circumstances. A Letter of Authority must be on file with our Office. This Letter of Authority is not to be interpreted as a request to obligate the Merced County Sheriff's Office to provide exclusive patrol of the owners' private property.
The Letter of Authority is only valid for thirty days. In addition, a single request for a peace officer’s assistance may be made for a period not to exceed 12 months when the premises or property is closed to the public and posted as being closed.
It is the requesters' responsibility to renew the Letter before the expiration. The Merced County Sheriff's Office will not send a notification that the Letter is about to expire.
This request can be emailed to Captain Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. It can also be submitted at the Merced County Sheriff's Office, located at 700 W. 22nd Street, Merced, CA 95340, or the Jess Bowling Substation at 445 "I" Street, Los Banos, CA 93635.
Download a copy of the Letter of Authority here.