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Police Go Waterborne: Tactical Training in a Nautical Environment

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 48 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2000 Pages: 74-77
Jim Weiss; Mary Dresser
Date Published
4 pages
This article discusses law enforcement tactical training in a nautical environment.
Tactical operations in and around water and floating crime targets present unique challenges for law enforcement, including the weight of equipment and body armor, how to perform self and teammate rescues if submerged, water approaches, and the tactics of dealing with boats, ships, and other floating structures and stationary structures abutting water. Tactical water training for law enforcement officers might include water rescue, tactical boat operation, basic boat search, swimmers leaving and returning to a moving boat, waterborne night operations, diver/open water SCUBA certification and underwater investigation. Having a number of water trained personnel on a tactical team can increase the team's overall operational capabilities, such as underway boarding of small vessels, disabling a vessel to prevent it getting underway, surviving an accidental submersion while in tactical gear, rescuing a fellow member of the team and performing hull searches for drug packages.