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Detective Merrell Merricks of New Orleans Police Department

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Merrell Merricks was born in New Orleans, La. to Gilbert and Bettye Merricks.  The second of four boys, he was raised in the New Orleans lower ninth ward by his grandparents.  His grandmother Rev Ida Mae Youngblood introduced him to God at an early age. Mr. Merricks obtained a Bachelor & Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans. Merrell joined the military where he served in Operation Desert Storm. In 1997, Merrell joined the New Orleans Police Department where he is presently employed. He has also served as a patrolman, auto theft investigator & a school resource officer during his 20+ years in law enforcement. Mr. Merricks’ blessing was assisting families whom he helped evacuate the city during Hurricane Katrina with now returning back to their homes. Detective Merricks returned to the New Orleans Police Department where he is currently assigned to the Department’s Special Victim Section. He serves as a Cold Case Detective for the Sex Crimes Unit as well as a Child Abuse Investigator.  He implemented a program called “Teen Sex and The Law” where he educates today’s teens with laws associated with sexual assaults. His purpose and passion is to prevent young adults from becoming casualties of the criminal justice system. Detective Merricks has had extensive training in the field of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Investigation. He has attended numerous training sessions with the U.S Dept of Justice, The Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The National Children Advocacy Center,  The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention He is the father of a beautiful teenage daughter Torre Merricks.