Framework Agreement on Integrated Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada   [open pdf - 56KB]

"The Honorable Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Honorable Peter Van Loan, Canadian Minister of Public Safety, toured port operations today on both sides of the shared United States/Canada border and signed an agreement to make Shiprider-joint law enforcement teams stationed along the international maritime border-permanent. […] Shiprider enables the RCMP and the U.S. Coast Guard to cross-train, share resources and personnel and utilize each others' vessels in the waters of both countries, such as the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Working together, Canadian and U.S. law enforcement will help ensure that criminal organizations no longer exploit the shared border and waterways because of the inherent jurisdictional challenges associated with cross-border policing. Secretary Napolitano and Minister Van Loan also emphasized the importance of managing the shared border in a way that not only strengthens security but also facilitates trade, jobs and economic growth. Specifically, both also reminded Canadian and U.S. citizens alike to ensure that they possess appropriate travel documents, as the June 1, 2009, deadline for the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) approaches."

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