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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Friday September 29th, 2023 :: 02:52 p.m. PDT


Sheriff's Dive Team Hosts Other Agencies in Diving Exercises and Training Along the Colorado River

DATE/TIME: September 28-29, 2023

INCIDENT: California Public Safety Diver Course

LOCATION: Between Interstate 40 and Topock Gorge on the Colorado River

SUMMARY: On Thursday, September 28th and Friday, September 29th, the Colorado River Station's Marine Enforcement Unit and Sheriff's Dive Rescue Team, hosted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) while they conducted dive exercises for class 2023, of the California P.O.S.T (Peace Officer's Standards & Training) Public Safety Diver (PSD) course.

The class consisted of students from different agencies across California to include the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Port Police, Los Angeles Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Department, Monterey County Sheriff's Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Diego Office. The 16-member class performed several dive exercises at various locations along the Colorado River, including the area of Park Moabi, Interstate 40 bridge and the Topock Gorge.

The unique geography, currents, and changing underwater topography within the Colorado River, provide a unique and sometimes challenging dive atmosphere that cannot be replicated within other regions of California. These irregular diving conditions further prepare California Public Safety Divers for a wider array of incidents and provides a unique dive atmosphere they may not encounter within their respective work areas.

The members of the San Bernardino Sheriff Dive Rescue Team along with other participating agency dive rescue teams are committed to being highly trained and adequately prepared to respond to calls for service on our California waterways.      

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is also dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and encourages everyone to boat sober and wear their life jackets. For more information regarding safe boating practices, visit California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways web site at For the latest press releases, news, and information, follow the Colorado River Station on Facebook @SBCSDColoradoRiverStation, Instagram @SBCSDColoradoRiverStation or on Twitter at @CORiverStation. 

Refer: Deputy S. Cook

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. N/A

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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