Utah Department of Public Safety

Dive Team - Personnel of the DPS Dive Team

Captain Doug McCleve is the Dive Team Commander.  He has been employed by DPS since 1992 and is currently assigned as Captain of UHP Bureau #1.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since its inception in 2001.  He became the Team Commander in 2005 and is a Master Diver.  He has personally been involved in multiple recoveries of drowning victims.

He enjoys the outdoors and wildlife.  He is actually an accomplished Wildlife Videographer and several of his productions have been published on the internet.

He is a devout family man and loves spending time with his children and, especially, his grandchildren.

Sergeant Jason Kelsey is the Dive Team Supervisor and coordinates the day-to-day functions of the Dive Team.  He has been employed by DPS since 2000 and is currently assigned as a Sergeant in the UHP Vehicle Safety Section.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since 2002.  He became the Team Supervisor in 2008 and is a Master Diver.

He enjoys football officiating as his main hobby.  He officiates at high school football games all over the State of Utah.

He is the father of three young children and is admired by his peers as he often speaks to his kids on the cell phone, sharing in their excitement of a recent accomplishment.

Sergeant Mike Tueller is the Dive Team Technology Officer and is in charge of all things electronic on the Dive Team (sonars, computers, etc.).  He has been employed by DPS since 1993 and is currently assigned as a Sergeant in the UHP Vehicle Safety Section.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since 2001 and is a Dive Master.  He has been involved in multiple recoveries of drowning victims and is an accomplished deep diver.

He enjoys skiiing and woodworking as his main hobbies.

He is the father of five children and speaks proudly of them every chance he gets.

Sergeant Don Gould is the Dive Team Gas Management Officer and is in charge of quality control over the Dive Team cylinders and related equipment.  He has been employed by DPS since 1997 and is currently assigned as a Sergeant in UHP Section #17.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since 2008 and is a Master Diver. He is one of those rare individuals who is at home in the coldest & blackest water as he is above the surface.

He enjoys snow-skiing, camping, and cycling.  He recently participated in a unique skiing adventure in the moutains of France.

He is the proud owner of "Toby," a loveable Border Collie whom Don rescued after a tragic Tractor-Trailer incident.  Toby has become the unofficial Dive Team mascot and can be seen at most deployments.

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Sergeant Wayne Gifford is the Dive Team Equipment Maintenance Officer.  He has been employed by DPS since 1991 and is currently assigned as a Sergeant in UHP Vehicle Safety Section.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since 2010.

He enjoys fishing and regrets every moment he is on the Dive Team boat that he cannot put a pole in the water. He is the proud father of six children and the extremely proud grandfather of one granddaughter.

Being a part of a Team that works on a principle of unquestioned service to others makes the physical, emotional and environmental challenges worth every minute.

Corporal Greg Kelsey is the Dive Team Equipment Inventory Officer and is in charge of maintaining all Dive Team equipment.  He has been employed by DPS since 1993 and is currently assigned as a member of UHP Section #14.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since 2008 and is in training as a Master Diver.

He is the proud father of a one-year-old princess.  He enjoys traveling and riding ATV's with his wife.

 

Sergeant Wendell Nope is the Dive Team Trainer and is in charge of the overall training of Dive Team Members.  He has been employed by DPS since 1989 and is currently assigned as the K-9 Training Supervisor at the Utah Police Academy.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since its inception in 2001 and is a Police Diver Instructor.

He enjoys Cave Diving as his main hobby.  He has discovered and explored several underwater caves in Utah.

He is the father of five children and loves each of them dearly.

Senior Forensic Scientist Ryan Barney is the Dive Team Forensics Officer and is in charge of all things forensic on the Dive Team.  He also conducts the basic level training of Dive Team members.  He has been employed by DPS since 2005 and is a DNA Analyst at the Utah State Crime Lab.  He also conducts scientific examinations on materials believed to be controlled substances.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since 2005 and is a Dive Instructor, also in training to be a Police Diver Instructor.  He is regarded as the most-likely Team member to grow gills, he is so comfortable in the water.

He is the proud father of four children.  He very much enjoys the adventurous aspects of being on the Dive Team, such as jumping out of a perfectly good helicopter.

Trooper Colby Vanderbeek is the Dive Team Vehicle Maintenance Specialist.  He has been employed by DPS since 2009 and currently works in section 3.  Along with his regular duties, he is assigned as the Public Information and Education Officer.  He also enjoys being a firearms instructor. 

He became a member of the dive team in 2014.

 He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and 3 kids.  He loves to take them camping, hunting and being in the outdoors.  He loves spring time for coaching his son’s baseball team.  Winter is his favorite season because he loves the cold and teaching his kids to snowboard. 

Trooper Tom Schneiter is the Dive Team Photo/Video Technician.  He has been employed by DPS since 1997 and is currently assigned to the State Bureau of Investigations for Weber, Box Elder and Cache Counties.

He has been a member of the Dive Team since 2010.

He enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing.  More often than not he finds himself playing taxi driver for a dance recital, soccer game, or some other scholastic activity.

He has four children who love the outdoors.  During the warmer months they can all be found riding motorcycles on a mountain trail, or hanging out around the camp fire with a group of friends.

Dr. Tommy Love is the Dive Team Doctor and technical resource officer for complex dive deployments.  Dr. Love is an accomplished Hyperbaric Physician and also has considerable field experience in complex dive planning.  In fact, he has a flawless record of planning and supervising hundreds of 200'+ dives over 19 days on a remote Pacific island in search of Amelia Earhart.

Dr. Love also served as the official Dive Safety Officer for an underwater archaeological expedition in Turkey wherein 30 Texas A&M University divers made multiple dives daily to depths of 90'-100', all without incident.

The DPS Dive Team considers itself very-very lucky to have the services and experience of Dr. Love.

[Last Update - Tuesday, 15-Apr-2014 15:11:33 MDT]