In early February members of the South Australia Police Water Operations Unit and the Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad undertook combined diving operations for a two week period near Mount Gambier, South Australia.
These operations acted as a way for both police agencies to share information, techniques, technologies, and resources in order to enhance their day-to-day roles. Members from both agencies reported that the experience was very beneficial to all involved in not only the practical side of police diving work but also in strengthening camaraderie and interoperability between the agencies.
The diving involved scenario based search and recovery training to depths of 50 metres and included evacuation scenarios, search and evidence gathering tasks and the retrieval of full size search mannequins from depths over 40 metres.
Anyone considering a career in police diving can find out more from the Career Opportunities page of the ADAS website.