Police diving


Police diving

Police diving is a branch of professional diving carried out by police services. Police divers are usually sworn police officers, and may either be employed full-time as divers or as general water police officers, or be volunteers who usually serve in other units but are called in if their diving services are required.

The activities carried out by police divers include:
* search and recovery diving for evidence and bodies
* rescue diving for underwater casualties
* in France and perhaps elsewhere, diving to arrest submerged suspects underwaterFact|date=November 2007

"Public safety diving" is a term coined by Steven J Linton in the 1970's to describe underwater rescue, underwater recovery and underwater investigation conducted by divers working for or under the authority of municipal, state or federal agencies. These divers are typically members of police departments, sheriff's offices, fire rescue agencies, search and rescue teams or providers of emergency medical services. Public Safety Divers (PSDs) can be paid by the previously mentioned agencies or non-paid volunteers.

ee also

*Diving activities


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