Marine, Dive and Trails Unit

The Ottawa Police Marine/Dive/Trails Unit (MDTU) is currently comprised of eight (8) full time members responsible for providing assistance to all divisions of the Ottawa Police in a timely manner.

The team searches for missing or drowned individuals, as well as provides forensic diving techniques to recover human remains, vehicles and discarded weapons. MDTU uses either S.C.U.B.A and Surface Supply Diving techniques in compliance with provincial and federal diving regulations as well as Ottawa Police Service policies and procedures.

The MDTU responds to complaints from the community as well as educates the public on water safety, regulations and speed enforcement (Historic Canals Act, the Small Vessel Regulation, Canada Shipping Act, Collision Regulations, the Liquor Act, and the Criminal Code among others). 

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Marine, Dive, Trail logoAll members are specially trained to investigate water related sudden deaths, post mortem physiology, skeletal remains recovery, weapons recovery and preservation, air crashes and other water related incidents jointly investigated by the OPS and Transport Canada. During the recovery of a capsized vessel, members work with their partners, such as the Ottawa Fire Department Swift Water Rescue team, in order to find the safest approach to the scene.

When not engaged in diving operations and training, members are assigned to provide enforcement on waterways and off-road trails throughout Ottawa through the use of boats, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

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