The mission of the Vermont State Police SCUBA team is underwater search, rescue, and recovery. The team is able to operate 24/7, 365 days a year and is capable of performing a number of technical underwater operations. The members of this team are Troopers and Sergeants assigned to various barracks throughout the state. In addition to their normal day to day duties as a State Trooper, the VSP SCUBA team members are trained NAUI certified divers. The team currently has one NAUI certified instructor and participates in the New England State Police Compact Public Safety Diver Consortium certification process. The VSP SCUBA Team has extensive capabilities to include ice diving, swift water diving, night and zero visibility diving, underwater salvage and underwater crime scene investigation.
The team utilizes advanced public safety dive technology to include down imaging, side scan, and sector scan sonar. The SCUBA Team has an equipment/command post vehicle, SCUBA compressor and cascade system, a remote operated vehicle (ROV), and underwater towable cameras. The VSP SCUBA Team works closely with the Marine/Snowmobile Division and have access to nineteen (19) various size boats for team activations.
The VSP SCUBA team is regularly activated throughout the state to search for and recover victims of water related incidents and evidence associated with criminal activity in lakes, rivers, ponds and quarries. Although most assignments occur within Vermont, members have also traveled to Maine, New Hampshire, New York and the Province of Quebec.