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Public Safety Diving

Public Safety Diving (PSD) is underwater work conducted by law enforcement, fire rescue, and search and rescue/recovery dive teams. PSD is the ability to work in subsurface environments to enhance the overall strength and effectiveness of a department. Western Colorado Community College's PSD certificate program equips graduates with the skills and ability to work in subsurface environments searching for evidence, searching for a body or re-enacting a crime scene, and possibly conducting an in-water rescue.

Program Strengths

  • First PSD program in Colorado offering college credit
  • 8 credit hours may be applied to the A.A.S. in Criminal
  • Justice or the B.A.S. in Public Administration/Public Safety as elective credits
  • Colorado and Utah POST approved
  • Offers students an opportunity to stay on the cutting edge with crime scene investigations and forensic studies
  • Public Safety Diving Phase I course meets the standards for Scientific Diving

Public Safety Diving Brochure

WCCC Peace Officers Academy

Contact Information

Bo Tibbetts

PSD Program Coordinator


Jane Quimby

Public Safety Director

Emphasis/Degree Options


Public Safety Diving

Career Opportunities


Sub-Surface Crime Scene


Forensic Investigators

Police Divers

Team Training Officers

Safety Officers

Water Operations Supervisors

Forensic Researchers