Hello, My name is Israel Rosales and I'm a correctional officer and have been with Merced County Sheriff’s Office for a little over 18 years. My past experience includes serving four years of active duty in the United States Air Force Law Enforcement and 12 1/2 years United States Army Reserve Air Assault Infantry. Additionally, I have an associate's degree in criminal justice.
Working for the Merced County Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer has given me the opportunity to serve as a Classification Officer and K-9 handler. I am also a range master instructor, a defensive tactics instructor, and Taser instructor, I have been able to serve on the SERT Team for over eight years, training officer for over eight years, and an instructor in our the CORE Academy, MILO System certified.
K-9 Ace is my partner and currently is assigned to me. K-9 Ace is a male yellow Labrador Retriever and he is six years old. K-9 Ace serves as a rescue dog and had been trained by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office in narcotics detection. However, K-9 Ace's training is ongoing. K-9 Ace has been with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office since June 2016. Ace and Officer Rosales were certified in narcotic detection in September 2016. Ace’s main job is working jails searching for drugs. Ace searches incoming mail, dorms, and cells in the jails. Ace is always full of energy and willing to work. Ace lives with Officer Rosales, and has become part of the family. Ace is an indoor dog and does not like to wake up early. Ace has a couple of detection alerts and works hard for his reward which is a fluorescent tennis ball.