Dive Team

Dive Team

Dive Team

Dive Team

Dive Team Group Photo

Dive Team

Dive Team Boat

Dive Team

Dive Team on Shore

Dive Team

Dive Team Hiking

Dive Team

Two Diver in Boat

Dive Team

Dive Team Skills

Dive Team

Dive Team Danger

Dive Team

Dive Team in River

Dive Team

Dive Team Diver

Every year, members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team conduct an average of 55 dive operations to recover drowning or boating accident victims, or to recover criminal evidence in felony cases. Dive team members are fully trained for dive operations in lakes, rivers, ponds, etc. In 2009, the divers logged 1640 hours for dive operations.

Dive Team members go thru 5 weeks of training to become a division diver. During this training they receive 14 different certifications for underwater recovery operations. Each year divers attend one week of in-service training and three additional quarterly training sessions. Divers receive update training to stay current on homeland security issues and procedures. The divers have the use of underwater metal detectors, underwater scooters, remote operated underwater cameras, side scan sonar devices, scanning sonar units, and underwater cameras to recover and photograph evidence. The dive team has evolved into one of the premier law enforcement underwater recovery teams in the United States. In the 32 years that the dive team has been in existence, they have never had any members seriously injured or killed during dive operations. Division divers are a dedicated group of individuals that are on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day as a state resource that has been utilized by countless law enforcement agencies in Missouri.