The St Helena Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) held a Dive Recovery Training session with members of the Sea Rescue Service and the Dive Recovery team on Wednesday, 2 May 2018.
This training was a follow-up from a joint exercise that took place on 21 March 2018, whereby teams were challenged with a real-life scenario to execute.
The training session included looking at the procedures with regards to Body & Artefact Recovery and the preserving of evidence.
Demonstrations were given, and teams were shown the correct way to fill out logbooks, which are provided in the response packs.
Head of Investigations, DCI Michael Luke, said:
The training was well received with good engagement throughout by all participants. The aim was to make the Dive Recovery team and Sea Rescue colleagues aware of the importance of the continuity and integrity of evidence � particularly with regards to how the Police have to exhibit and package artefacts. Likewise, any Body Recovery has to be completed in a sensitive and compassionate way. By practicing procedures, this enabled us all to fully appreciate each other's roles and responsibilities in these situations.
Deputy Sea Rescue Manager, Craig Scipio, concluded:
The Sea Rescue team, along with the Dive Recovery team, were very grateful for the training session provided by the CID. It has further increased our knowledge of dive recovery which ultimately improves the service that both teams can provide. We look forward to similar training sessions in future.
Source: St Helena Government