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State of National Emergency

Police service update

At 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020, New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household.

During this time Police will continue to provide essential policing services.

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New Zealand Police Dive Squad

Divers preparing their gear to dive off a boat. Around two to six divers are called to each job which can last from several hours to several days.

The squad spends most of its time on evidential searches. Sometimes these searches involve technically difficult underwater-video work which is later used as evidence.

Divers often video bodies in the sea or river to give doctors at autopsies an accurate view of how the body was found.

Two members of the dive squad in the water by rocks.

Videos also enable the officer in charge of a case to see exactly what the diver sees before anything is brought to the surface. The squad focuses on recovery rather than rescue.

The Police National Dive Squad has limited places and is made up of existing police officers who have regular duties in addition to their dive work and training.