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 happily married and the father of five 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 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.
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 skiing 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 the Office of Professional Standards.
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.
Sergeant 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 a Sergeant in 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 six-year-old princess. He enjoys traveling and riding ATV’s with his wife
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.
Trooper Colby Vanderbeek is the Dive Team Vehicle Maintenance Specialist. He has been employed by DPS since 2009 and currently works in Section 3. He also enjoys being a firearms instructor for the Utah Highway Patrol.
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 the cold and feels at home in the deep cold waters of the Utah lakes. Trooper Vanderbeek used to love winter until he became a Trooper and saw how many crashes happen on Utah roads in the snow.
Trooper Nathan Haynes is an Advanced Diver and Certified Commercial Diver who began his diving career at The Ocean Corporation in Houston TX. Trooper Haynes was trained in non-destructive testing applications has worked on a variety of oil delivery platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and the North slope of Alaska.
Trooper Haynes joined the Dive Team in 2015 and is enjoying the opportunity to utilize his training and experience serving the citizens of Utah.
Trooper Haynes has lived in Utah since 1996 and is married with two teenage children. He has been employed by DPS since 2010. He is currently assigned the the UHP DUI Squad and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Trooper Haynes enjoys spending time with his family and experiencing as many outdoor activities as possible with them. The family skis in the winter and goes boating and fishing as often as possible in the summer.
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.