Local sheriff’s deputies train with underwater robot

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Submitted: Fri, 09/30/2011 - 2:13am
Updated: Thu, 09/27/2012 - 12:24am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover county sheriff’s office is hoping some new technology will help them with underwater searches. Thursday, sheriff’s deputies were learning how to operate the department’s new remotely operated vehicle.

In situations not conducive for divers, the machine will help deputies with search below the water’s surface.

The department acquired the remotely operated vehicle through a port security grant. It’s equipped with all the latest technology from sonar to a GPS.


  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    We have recovered evidence and bodies for many, many years using only certified SCUBA divers. There is very little “risk” involved to a trained diver in most circumstances. There’s a lot of work, a lot of discomfort, but divers using proven search techniques usually find what the’yre looking for.

    Will this RPV be used? Occasionally, if for no other reason than to maintain proficiency in its operation. Did we NEED it? No, we did not. We certainly didn’t need it under the guise of “port security.”

    The problem is a federal government that overtaxes half the population and is addicted to spending. I can’t blame NHCSO for applying for the grant, because if they didn’t, the money still would have been blown by giving it to any one of a hundred other cities that applied.

    This RPV will likely never be used for anything to do with port security beyond an occasional drill, but some bureaucrat in Washington decided that this was so important we should go further into debt…..and we cooperated fully. How many of these did they fund along the East, Gulf, and West Coast?

    Study Greece closely because we’re going to be there in twenty years.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    As long as Washington offers the grants, every department that can will apply. Write a grant for a luxury, nice-to-have item well, and you win. Write the grant poorly and you go another year without something you desperately need.

    The spending is out of control, but don’t blame NHCSO. Everyone wants a bigger slice of the pie. The judges sit in Washington, and that’s the source of the problem. If things worked as they should, we’s all be paying lower federal taxes and NHCSO would simply buy what they needed.

    Instead we have this insane system whereby we pay ridiculously high federal taxes and they then give us our own money back to maintain and build roads, buy RPVs for port security, etc.

    It’s one of the reasons that the federal government has grown into a huge, bloated, Jabba-the-Hutt. If we lowered federal taxes and raised state taxes we’d have more control over what we spent the money on and could cut the size of the federal government in half. We could do exactly what we do now for a lot less money.

  • Guest1218 says:

    The State Port Police have had 2-of these same submersibles for a few years now. This is just another case of the NHSO getting free gear through a “Port Security” grant, when their intention has nothing to do with the Port. Port Police have already used theirs to assist other agencies from around the State. Port Police already have their own Police Boat also, yet the NHSO is trying to get boats through “Port Security” grants to “help patrol the port”. The Port Police doesn’t need or request their help. The NHSO throws out the words “We have a Port”, so they can take money away from agencies that actually protect this country’s ports. Greedy, greedy, greedy.

  • Guest26 says:

    I like how the latest technology is sonar and GPS….I am pretty sure GPS is nothing new, and sonar has been around for a while now….

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …..a surplus AN/TWQ-1 Avenger armed with eight Stinger missiles to prevent terrorists from flying hijacked airliners into Thalian Hall or the library.

    I notice that the cost of this underwater device is not listed….and one has to wonder how often this will be TRULY needed, where divers would not have been sufficient. How did we ever get by without it?

    But what the heck, Uncle Sam paid for it and he has all the money we’ll ever need! He just runs three overtime shifts at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing through the weekend and TA-DA! We have billions more!

    This thing looks pretty big. Maybe we need a grant for a bigger boat or two, as well.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    boat is already in the works. Put a couple of Harrier jets on the parking deck upper level, tanks at the entrance of the bridges. There is no end to the waste of money.

  • CCRES says:

    This is petty. Look at the billions our feds waste. Why do we need to be on the moon? Waste of my money.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    of taxpayer money, just another toy for the boys to play with. How many times is the underwater team really used?????? Government Waste

  • FJK says:

    …. of you just talking. No facts just blah blah blah…..

    Fact: Instead of using a live emergency responder to risk his/her life to see if pulling your family member from the bottom of a lake was feasable or safe the SO used the robot first.

    ILM Native Fact: Well you see my boys need toys to play with and I say since I pay taxes either way that I dont care if someone elses family member dies trying to recover Bettie from the lake, Heck we didnt really like her anyway.

    See I’m starting to understand how ILM Native thinks……

  • Guest223 says:

    Just another case of “gear” envy. First it was the helicopter. Oops it went bye-bye. What now? Bicycle envy, bicycle patrol in downtown Wilmington? I guess a horse patrol is next. But I bet the WPD doesn’t have an underwater robot. If it’s so non condusive won’t the have to send a diver IF they find something? If it is so dangerous that a robot is needed,why do we see the WFD Dive team in the river every few weeks?

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