Police dive teams from throughout Southwest Michigan will be out in force for training exercises.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says that on Thursday, numerous law enforcement agencies including themselves and the Battle Creek Police Department will be taking part in the exercise; it’s designed to “focus on rescue and recovery efforts, along with mutual aid cooperation and training.” The training will take place all day at various locations along the Kalamazoo River here in Battle Creek; citizens are asked to be aware and to not be alarmed.

Motorists are also asked to use caution while driving through.

The Calhoun County Area Law Enforcement Underwater Recovery (ALURT) Team was created in 1978; according to the county's website, several of its members are sworn law enforcement officers in our area, while others are civilians. All of its members are trained scuba divers.

While the ALURT team is not an official funded arm of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, they "act in support of the Law Enforcement Division to recover stolen property, evidence and drowning victims".

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