FBI Divers Explore Bay Around Statue Of Liberty
March 1, 2023
February 6, 2023 - A FBI dive team with the New York USERT (Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team) explores the Upper New York Bay around the Statue of Liberty. USERT comprises a group of highly trained FBI special agents tasked with searching for and recovering evidence underwater.
USERT grew out of the New York Field Office’s dive team, which was established in the 1980s. Initially, two agents who were recreational divers began finding weapons on their dives, many of which turned out to have connections to criminal cases. Word spread, and the requests for their special skillsets led to the creation of the New York Dive Team.
Today, USERT is part of the Evidence Response Team Unit (ERTU) within the FBI Laboratory. USERT divers are based out of the New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Washington field offices and collaborate on cases across the country. With a total of 64 divers for the program, there are approximately 16 divers in each of the four field offices.
Image courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
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