Knox County
Sheriff's Office

Knox County
Sheriff's Office


Sheriff Underwater Recovery Team

Getting below the surface



The Knox County Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team (SURT) originated in 1992. Officers that make up the SURT team come from every aspect of the Sheriff’s Office. All members are cross trained as divers and shore technicians. The team also has a compliment of two Emergency Medical Technicians that are also divers/shore technicians, watching out for any medical needs of the team. The team is routinely called upon for evidence and body recovery in the waters of Knox County, surrounding counties and adjoining states.


What We do


Skills Developed

  • Underwater Safety

  • Water Search Techniques

  • Water Entry Tactics



Contact SURT

KCSO S.U.R.T. would love to hear from you.  Please fill out the form and we will get back to you.

**If this is an emergency or if you are in need of police response, please call 911**

Sheriff Tom Spangler

Knox County Sheriff's Office

Knoxville, TN

Tom Spangler, Sheriff