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Specialist Police Dive Unit


1. Does the force have a specialist police dive unit?

2. If not, did it previously have one which has been disbanded and if so, when?

3. How many times were police divers (if you have any) deployed in the twelve months to May 2014 and May 2015?

4. Are all officers in the force given any form of water safety awareness training?

5. Is water safety equipment available in standard police vehicles?

6. Is there any force policy in place saying officers are not expected to enter the water to attempt a rescue in any circumstance?


1. The constabulary does have a specialist dive unit.

2. This question is not applicable.

3. Please find the requested information in the table below: 

12 Month Period


1st May 2013 to 30th April 2014


1st May 2014 – 30th April 2015


4. All officers who carry or who are required to carry Personal Protective Equipment (police officers, police specials, police community support officers (PCSOs) etc.) are given training in the use of Rescue Throw Lines (Water Safety).

5. Throw lines have been fitted to a large proportion of our marked fleet.

6. There is no specific force policy in relation to water rescue. The constabulary uses the National Decision Model to assess situations including the use of force, equipment and techniques. In recuse attempt situations, particular attention would come to the threat and risk assessment stage. While trainers may commend the approach of not entering the water (as throw lines and training should preclude officers from doing so), the final decision will be that of the officer based on their threat and risk assessment.

FOI reference: 838/16.

Date of request: 21.06.16.