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NCJ Number: 200794 Find in a Library
Title: Diving in: Trident Foundation Helps Agencies Meet the Challenges of Underwater Investigations
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:30  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:22-23,26,30
Author(s): Doyle Keeton
Editor(s): Ronnie Garrett
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 7
Publisher: http://www.law-enforcement.com 
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the assistance provided to law enforcement agencies in underwater searches and investigations by mission specialists with the Trident Foundation of Fort Collins, CO.
Abstract: Crime scenes are not always readily located and easily accessible. An aquatic crime scene environment offers additional challenges for sub-surface investigators. Underwater investigations require extensive equipment and highly skilled personnel in the recovery of both evidence and victims. Meeting the challenges of an underwater investigation may be too much for many law enforcement agencies. The nonprofit Trident Foundation of Fort Collins, CO, has been called upon by both small and large agencies to assist with underwater searches and investigations. Trident has organized an elite group of mission specialists, who can perform successful underwater missions. Mission specialists are recruited from public safety agencies across the United States. Trident uses the latest in high-tech techniques and equipment and highly qualified personnel. This article examines Trident’s capabilities in five different underwater investigative missions: aircraft recovery, swift water, vehicle recovery, hazmat material, and a murder investigation through thick ice. It is crucial that each team of divers receive proper training and equipment for each scenario encountered. Trained investigators on land or water need to be well versed in the challenges they may encounter and capable of collecting the evidence in a manner that meets the rigid standards required by today’s court system.
Main Term(s): Search and Rescue
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Evidence collection; Investigations; Police equipment; SCUBA (equipment); Underwater recovery
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