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2012 News and Events

Shiprider Advances Cross-Border Cooperation

12 October 2012
Consul General Callaghan, Minister Toews, and Rear Admiral Taylor join Coast Guard and RCMP representatives following the announcement

Consul General Callaghan, Minister Toews, and Rear Admiral Taylor join Coast Guard and RCMP representatives following the announcement

The governments of the U.S. and Canada on October 12 announced that Vancouver/Blaine and Windsor/Detroit will be home to the first two regularized locations of the integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations known as Shiprider. Under the initiative, vessels jointly crewed by specially trained and designated U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officers will be able to transit back and forth across the border to deal with cross-border criminality in shared U.S.-Canada waterways. Consul General Anne Callaghan and Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews made the announcement, which represents another step in the Beyond the Border Action Plan announced by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper last year, in White Rock, BC.

"Delivering on our commitment to develop this integrated bi-lateral approach to maritime border security underscores our recognition of the importance of our shared responsibility for the safety and security of the public on both sides of the border," said Consul General Callaghan. "It also takes advantage of the greater benefits to security we'll receive through leveraging resources and law enforcement officers from both nations in fighting transnational crime."

Minister Toews said, "This Agreement underscores the strong partnership between the U.S. and Canada and our mutual commitment to the safety of a shared border, as well as to ensuring the legitimacy of our trade corridors with our largest trading partner."

Regularized Shiprider operations respect the sovereignty of both nations and are based on the principles of shared border management, effective law enforcement, appropriate and measured information sharing, and robust privacy protection.