Underwater crime scenes present a unique set of obstacles not present in dry land situations. Many agencies do not have the personnel to conduct adequate underwater investigations. These scene must be worked as dry land scenes in areas of scene control, evidence integrity and collection, chain of custody, and management. However, these investigators must add additional skills to work in harsh conditions not known to dry land investigators. Plus, evidence integrity must be maintained in unique ways differing from dry land collection techniques.

Underwater criminal investigations requires a special breed of public safety diver. Men and women who can not only handle the stresses of working in harsh and unforgiving environments but who can respond as trained professional divers who are an extension of the criminal investigative team. These capabilities and services are essential for today’s public safety agencies.