Sheriff William Ferris created the Dane County Sheriff's Office dive team in 1972. The dive team was formed for evidence and body recovery. The Dane County Sheriff's Office responds to lakes all over Dane County, and will assist outside the county if help is requested.
Deputies are trained in scuba diving and rescue procedures. They respond to emergencies on an on-call basis. In 2009, the Sheriff's Office has been involved in more than three body recoveries on Madison lakes.
The dive team is composed of eight members. With specialized teams, such as the dive team, there is always one team leader. For the dive team, the team leader is also involved with our boat patrol.
To become a member of the dive team, a deputy has to be off of probation. The deputy also has to be PADI certified (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) prior to applying for the position and be current with their diving logs.