Lieutenant Brankel Nobari
Lieutenant Brankel Nobari was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the United States at a young age. He was raised in Turlock, California, and graduated from Turlock High School. Lieutenant Nobari joined the Merced County Sheriff's Office as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in 2004. He attended the Monterey Peninsula College Police Academy and graduated in 2006. Upon graduation, he was sworn in as a full-time Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Patrol Bureau.
In 2008, Lieutenant Nobari became a Civil Deputy Sheriff within the Civil Bureau. During this time, Lieutenant Nobari joined the K-9 Unit as an agitator for the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. In 2010, he was assigned K-9 Rally, a narcotics detection dog. In 2011, Lieutenant Nobari joined the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Supervised Release Team (SRT) with K-9 Rally. He continued to work with this team, until 2014, when he became the School Resource Officer (SRO) for the Delhi School District.
In 2016, Lieutenant Nobari joined the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau. During his time as a Detective, Lieutenant Nobari worked on numerous cases ranging from property crimes to homicide. In 2017, he was promoted to Sergeant, where he oversaw Patrol. A couple of years later, he was tasked with overseeing the Supervised Release Team. During his time as Sergeant, Lieutenant Nobari was also assigned to oversee the Civil Bureau. He also spent time as the Mobile Field Force Unit Sergeant.
In October 2023, Lieutenant Nobari was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Operations Bureau. He oversees Operations, School Resource Deputies, and the Mobile Field Force Unit. Lieutenant Nobari received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management. Lieutenant Nobari graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute in 2021. SBSLI is a higher leadership program through the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.