The Ulster County Sheriff offers the services of its
In-Water Rescue Team to communities and law enforcement agencies
throughout Ulster County.
team members are highly trained Deputy Sheriffs who, in addition
to their regular patrol duties, don dry suits and underwater breathing
apparatus whenever the need for their specialized skills arises.
Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment depending on the particular
situation, members utilize devises such as wired and wireless voice
communications, underwater metal detectors and protective apparel
to fulfill their mission.
Diving specialists are experienced
in all phases of underwater evidence recovery. This includes crime
scene integrity and chain of custody procedures. Each year these
members conduct dives involving search and recovery of evidence,
victims and property. On call 24 hours a day, members of this dedicated
team are stationed throughout Ulster County when on regular patrol
duty. They often train with the Navigation Unit to enhance the coordination
Divers and land support personnel,
called tenders, receive their training from Lifeguard Systems, an
Ulster County professional underwater rescue and recovery company.
Although tenders do not undergo
the same training as divers, they perform a vital function acting
as the divers link to the surface. Tenders attend and train for
the same duration as divers until they become equally proficient
in their duties.
Diver candidates undergo a demanding training
process which begins with a complete physical examination. Those
who pass, go on to a 2 week program of intensive physical and practical
testing and training. Successful candidates earn the Certified Police
Diver designation by demonstrating competence in all aspects of