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The official page of the Dallas Police Department Underwater Recovery Team.THIS PAGE IS NOT MONITORED ON A 24 HR BASIS. IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY CALL 911
1400 S Lamar St
*****GENERAL INFORMATION***** The Dallas Underwater Recovery Team (D.U.R.T.) is a specialized unit of the Dallas Police Department which handles year round underwater search and recovery for bodies, evidence and vehicles. This Unit has provided assistance to other agencies when our expertise has been requested. Any requests other than immediate assistance for underwater recoveries or searches should be sent by e-mail to: [email protected] EVIDENCE RECOVERY- This unit is trained to locate and recover evidence that may have been used in a crime and employs special methods for collection and preservation. BODY RECOVERY- This unit is trained to locate and recover bodies that may be submerged due to accidental drowning, su***de, homicide, etc. VEHICLE RECOVERY- This unit is trained to locate and recover vehicles that are found in water. The members of this team are trained, professional individuals who perform the challenging task of looking for objects often times in zero visibility and in difficult environments where most recreational scuba divers would not venture. Today this Unit consists of 23 Police Officers that are assigned to various other divisions of the Department and come together when called upon for an operation. To be an operational diver on this team requires that they be fully certified Officer of the Dallas Police Department and be at least a certified Public Safety Diver through the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD). To become a IANTD Public Safety Diver you must complete the Basic Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver courses through either PADI or NAUI or other recognized certifying body.. You must also be CPR certified. All dive team members are certified to use Dry suits, Full Face Masks and surface supplied air systems as well as Scuba, depending on the operational needs. The Dallas Police Dive Team NAUI instructors were instrumental in the creation of the Surface Supplied Air Certification lesson plan for NAUI and TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education). CERTIFICATIONS- Basic Open Water – Advanced Open water- Rescue Diver- Public Safety Diver- Full Face Mask- Dry Suit- Surface Supplied Air- Dive Masters- Instructors- Instructor Trainers- HISTORY- Police officer Michael Horton and Captain Jack R. Bragg Jr. who eventually formed The Dallas Underwater Recovery Team (D.U.R.T.) started diving on a case by case basis for the Dallas Police Department in the middle 1990’s. In 2008 Chief of Police David Kunkle assigned Captain Jack R. Bragg Jr. as the dive team commander and the unit received official recognition. Initially the unit was under the organization of the Crime Scene Response Section in the Investigations Bureau. In January of 2013 the Dallas Underwater Recovery Unit was moved to the Field Services Division of the Strategic Deployment Bureau and is funded from the SWAT org. Team members are regular police officers who volunteer for these additional duties. The volunteers come to the Dallas Underwater Recovery Team with their own basic dive equipment and must meet the standards of the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers requirements to be trained as a Public Safety Divers. That standard is a rescue level diver certified by PADI, NAUI or another equal certifying body, i.e. United States Navy. That means most applicants have minimally 60 plus open water dives prior to applying for the Dallas Underwater Recovery Team training. Black, cold water diving is not for everyone and it’s not unusual for applicants to withdraw from the training or leave the team after experiencing the grueling, hazardous conditions which are a far cry from recreational diving. In addition to the basics of diving, public safety divers require specialized training for hazards, risk assessment, dive planning, search procedures and techniques, diving in zero visibility, using underwater metal detectors, advanced sonar, full-face masks, communication systems, surface supplied air, dry suits, lift bags, decontamination and more. They are expected to recover and handle evidence in a manner where it can be presented in court and supported by their testimony. Our current roster consists of 16 Public Safety Divers, 2 Dive Masters and 5 Instructors. Divers must qualify quarterly to make sure they and their equipment is ready to dive. The qualification is a series of swim, tread and skills which will be performed in black out mask. Divers are required to provide documentation all of their personal equipment meets annual certifications and inspections. Funding is minimum and donations are welcomed to assist with specialized equipment and training. Anyone interested in donating may contact Sgt. Rod Dillon, #4535 (ret) at [email protected]
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