Diving recommendations for Buffalo Police following death of Craig Lehner

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October 07, 2018 - 9:41 am

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Nearly a year following the death of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner after a diving incident, Public Employee Health and Safety(PESH) is out with a report making recommendations the department must adhere.

Captain Jeffrey Rinaldo announced the recommendations made in the report by the New York State agency during a news briefing at police headquarters Saturday.

Captain Rinaldo says all police dive teams must comply with commercial diving standards that exist on the private sector side.  "The PESH report notes four seious, as well as one non seriois, violations", said Rinaldo.  The department has been given up to sixty days or longer, if necessary, to rectify these deficiencies.

"A substantial number of these violations are paperwork related, record-keeping, documentation and the stablishment of training procedures specific to the Niagara River", said Rinaldo.  Rinaldo adds that many of these issue had been addressed prior to the formal issuence of the PESH report.  The department expects to be in full compliance within the allotted time frame.

Lehner, a 34-year-old member of the department's underwater rescue team went missing during a training dive exercise in the Niagara River on Oct. 13, 2017.

The nine-year veteran of the force was also a member of Buffalo's K-9 unit.

His body was recovered after a five-day search.




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