Charleston police to get better diving lights

A federal grant will allow the Charleston Police Department to buy better diving lights, according to an announcement Tuesday.

The State Law Enforcement Division on Sept. 14 awarded the department $11,059 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The money will buy four underwater scene lights and seven handheld dive lights for the agency’s underwater recovery team.

“This grant allows us to update our underwater lighting ability far beyond what was previously possible,” Lt. Arthur Myers, commander of the dive team, said in the announcement. “With the four scene lights, we will be able to provide light at critical scenes as never before, extending our operations to hours of darkness if an emergency exists. Further, the handheld lights will dramatically improve our individual divers’ abilities to see and search far beyond the current capacity.”

The Charleston Fire Department, police and fire departments from Mount Pleasant and North Charleston, and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office also will use the equipment in training exercises.

Reach Dave Munday at (843) 937-5553.