US - Canadian Officials Stop & Board Vessels During Seaway Operation

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The U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced they completed a two-day joint law enforcement operation Sunday along the shared international border at the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Personnel from the RCMP's marine unit in Kingston, Ontario, and Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, located on Wellesley Island, conducted the patrols.

Officials said it was part of the collaborative program known as integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations, referred to informally as Canada-U.S. Shiprider.

As a result of the operations, officials said several vessels were stopped and boarded by specially trained and designated members of the Coast Guard and RCMP.

Cross-border crime is a two-way challenge that has implications for both U.S. and Canadian citizens, officials said.

Shiprider removes jurisdictional road blocks associated with an international border.

It allows specially trained and cross-designated U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officers to work side by side while under the direct supervision of the host country officer.

In 2009, the U.S. secretary of homeland security and Canada's minister of public safety signed the Framework Agreement on ICMLEO between the U.S. and Canada to govern the deployment of operations.

In June 2012, Canada passed legislation, with respect to the framework agreement, which paved the way for ICMELO operations.

The final two policy agreements were signed between the two countries in June 2013, enabling Shiprider operations.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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