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The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce and would like to congratulate Special Operation Team members Nick DeFelice and Jason Elliott on mastering an Underwater Criminal Investigators (UCI) course.

DeFelice and Elliott are now certified through UCI and Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) the largest training agency in the world which includes the coveted Master Underwater Criminal Investigators certification.

The Master UCI course puts together all the training and skills the Underwater Criminal Investigator has achieved during the foundational course and expands body, vehicle and evidence recovery techniques to an advanced level.

The Master’s Program consist of the following 5 courses:( From UCI, Richmond)

Body Recovery Specialist

This course specifically focuses on advanced body recovery techniques to include surface body bagging, weighted body recovery techniques and conducting detailed grid systems searching for badly decomposed bodies.

Vehicle Recovery Specialist

This course specifically focuses on advanced vehicle recovery techniques to include lifting vehicles with lift bags. The students will become proficient in conducting UCI’s own designed lifting techniques using UCI’s designed Vehicle Lifting System, the UCI-VLS, the safest vehicle lifting technique and the best vehicle lifting system in the world!

Evidence Recovery Specialist

This course specifically focuses on advanced evidence collecting techniques that include packaging and evidence handling, electrolysis, superglue fuming and fingerprint development. The student’s search skills and capabilities are enhanced as well as their comfort level to make them a more competent diver on the bottom.  

CSI Metal Detector Specialist

This course specifically teaches all aspects of land and underwater crime scene metal detector use. The students will become highly proficient in the use of metal detectors, their function, capabilities, and search techniques.

This advanced training is vital to our region and will benefit the community they serve

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