LPD dive team hones skills on land and in lake
The Lawton Police Department dive team spent Friday afternoon at Lake Lawtonka testing search and rescue tactics with equipment members look forward to replacing.
On Thursday, the team practiced in a pool, where visibility was optimal, giving the officers an idea of how a real pattern would look like. Friday morning, the dive team walked a search pattern on the shore of Lake Lawtonka, practicing for afternoon diving drills.
Dive team leader Lt. Brad Davis, finds the land work great practice before getting into the water.
"When we are on land it's nice to have some wide open areas to simulate what's going to happen inside the water," Davis said. "Once you get into Lake Lawtonka you have very limited visibility. So it's hard to try to learn anything when you're in the water. It's better to get a visual up on dry land where you can see so you have an understanding of what's going on so you can apply it under the water."
Search patterns are used for finding weapons or other evidence in a body of water. Those patterns are also used when the team is trying to locate bodies.