The Marine Unit is based at Viking Park in Jarrow, Sergeant Suzanne Crossley leads a team of ten Neighbourhood officers covering five areas from Berwick to Borders of Durham and provides a specialist search capacity that can assist Investigators and Police Search Advisors in areas not readily accessible to land based searches, as well as other partners. We also have an International Diving school where we train officers from across the country and other blue light agencies in various disciplines relating to water
Marine officers are Licensed Search Officers offering a high level of search assurance to the force on land, water and within confined space environments.
Police divers are underwater investigators, and an essential resource in the fight against crime, missing person enquiries and security operations.
We search in a manner that provides confidence and integrity in how the search has been conducted. Bodies, weapons, property and evidence recovered from the water are as forensically and evidentially reliable had they been recovered on land.
We search in areas you may have discounted as un-searchable.
We dive, wade or surface boat search in any marine environment. Boat searches can be enhanced using side scan sonar technology to identify targets underwater.
We search confined space environments such as drains, culverts and sewers using specialist equipment and breathing apparatus.
We train alongside our Dog Section, enhancing a search by putting cadaver dogs in the marine environment, offering a high level of assurance to bereaved families.
We can conduct marine counter terrorism searches on vessels within the regions Ports.
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Although we are not considered a first response rescue resource, we possess unique skills and equipment that prove invaluable in water and flooding incidents.
We train alongside the other emergency services to provide integration in the rescue and recovery phase of water based incidents.
We have fast response vessels to respond to any maritime incident or emergency or to convey specialist resources.
Marine Crime and Disorder
We can advise and assist with marine related crime and disorder within our regions rivers, harbours, marinas and coastline. We have officers working within the water areas :
PC 852 Bulmer/ 987 Green
Port of Tyne / River Wear
PC 1476 Young / 2195 Todd
Whitley Bay North / Port of Tyne
PC 2473 Inskip / 2535 Cullen
Port of Amble / Port of Berwick
PC 1084 Sewell / 8293 Spedding
Port of Tyne / South Tyneside
PC 2943 Wilson / 1351 Harvey
Kielder / Rivers and Waterway
We work very closely with partner agencies such as the regions Port Authorities, Coastguards, Fire and Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Border Agency and RNLI.