It’s a tough job – and this is the team who do it.
Here, the 15-strong team share photos they have taken while out on training missions and tasks, with our own visit to their base in Jarrow offering a look round their headquarters on the bank of the River Tyne.
1. Beneath the surface
A Northumbria Police diver at work in water, putting their specialist skills to use. Photo: Northumbria Police
2. On the poolside
Northumbria Police's marine unit Sergeant Suzanne Crossley at the training pool at the team's Jarrow base. The 7 metre deep tank is used to train up officers from the force, as well as their colleagues from across the UK. Photo: Stu Norton
3. Northumbria Police's marine boat takes to the water
The Northumbrian is an 11-metre long covered rib and can be taken out to sea and along the rivers of the region. It can also be used on dive expeditions. Photo: Stu Norton
4. At the helm
Northumbria Police's marine Pc Steve Harvey operating the covered rib. Photo: Stu Norton