Chief of Police Carl Merino
Chief Merino is a 28 year veteran of law enforcement. He began his career with Roy City Police in 1989, where he served as a patrol officer, Officer Friendly, and as an undercover investigator with the Weber / Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.
In 1994 Chief Merino went to the Salt Lake City Police Department where he served for over 21 years. While with Salt Lake City Police he served in patrol, the Community Oriented Policing Unit, and the Pioneer Park/Homeless Shelter Street Level Drug Interdiction Unit.
Chief Merino then went into investigations where he served as a detective on the Burglary Squad, Financial Crimes Unit, Robbery Squad, the Special Detail Crime Unit, and the Homicide Squad.
He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and served as a Patrol Sergeant, Financial Crimes Unit Sergeant, and Robbery Squad Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and was assigned to Watch Command, overseeing the afternoon operations of the department.
Additionally, Chief Merino had collateral duties as a S.W.A.T. team member and is an F.B.I. certified bomb technician, serving 16 years on the Salt Lake City Bomb Squad, with his last 12 years as Bomb Squad Commander. He was the Grant Coordinator for the Utah Bomb Squad Task Force.
Chief Merino has received commendations for Distinguished Unit Citation, Police Chief’s Distinguished Unit Citation, a Unit Citation for his work on the Elizabeth Smart Investigation, Hazardous Duty Citation for service above and beyond as a bomb technician, and his Robbery Squad was recognized in 2010 as the Salt Lake City Police Chief’s Unit of the Year.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake Police Association and was Vice-President, and later President, of the Salt Lake City Police Sergeant’s Association.
He became Roy City Chief of Police in March of 2015. He has enjoyed getting back to Roy and working to make Roy City Police the most professional police department in the state. He has a strong commitment to Community Oriented Policing, Predictive Policing, and professional development among police leadership.
Chief Merino also spent 33 years with the United States Marine Corps and Air Force Reserves, serving as an infantryman, helicopter mechanic, security forces, and finishing his career as a Senior Master Sergeant over an Air Force Air Passenger Terminal unit. He retired from the military in 2010.