Diving in: Ray Wichus on law enforcement underwater sonar operations and recovery teams
"If you don't have a strong constitution, you will run into some things that will scare you. I've seen folks come flying up out of the water scared to death!"
Law enforcement underwater sonar operations and recovery teams perform a variety of tasks, many of which are crucial to solving crimes, finding missing people and assisting in disaster situations
In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, sponsored by Staccato, host Jim Dudley speaks to underwater recovery expert Ray Wichus who retired after nearly three decades as a Conservation Police Officer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Ray worked in the field as a firearm trainer, a fitness monitor officer, and a SONAR operator and trainer.
Jim and Ray discuss some of the challenging responses in the field of underwater recovery, as well as Ray's work in the Reptile Undercover Unit.
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Top quotes from this episode
With the water I worked around, visibility is very low, so really you are feeling your way. If you don't have a strong constitution, you will run into some things that will scare you. I've seen folks come flying up out of the water scared to death!"
We see a lot of bad stuff so you have to either get help or make sure you talk with someone about it. Whether it is someone on the scene or someone who has experienced the same things and someone you can trust."
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