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.

A Day in the Life: Police National Dive Squad

Ever wondered what it's like to be part of the Police Dive Squad?

The Police National Dive Squad responds to requests for assistance from all over New Zealand, for a wide variety of jobs.

Watch the video below to find out what it's like to be part of Dive Squad.

For more information, check out further details about the Police Maritime Units