The Ulster County Sheriff offers the services of its In-Water Rescue Team to communities and law enforcement
agencies throughout Ulster County.
Rescue team members
are highly trained deputy sheriffs and correction officers who, in addition to their regular 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 devices 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
diversí 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 their