Canada and the United States have wrapped up another Shiprider exercise, this time along the St. Lawrence Seaway. By using joint Canada-U.S. teams of law enforcement officers, both nations aim to enhance security along their shared maritime border.
Coast Guard News reports on the recent operation and the Shiprider program in general:
Personnel from the RCMP’s maritime unit in Kingston, Ontario, and Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, located on Wellesley Island, N.Y., conducted the patrols as part of the collaborative program known as integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations, referred to informally as Canada-U.S. Shiprider.
Cross-border crime is a two-way challenge that has implications for both U.S. and Canadian citizens. 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.
“Coast Guard Sector Buffalo is excited to work with RCMP Kingston to strengthen our partnerships and enhance maritime security on our shared waterways,” said Lt. Rianne Troutman, chief of enforcement at Sector Buffalo, Station Alexandria Bay’s parent command.
“Based on the principles of shared border management and effective law enforcement, Shiprider operations respect the sovereignty of both Canada and the United States,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Todd Shean. “Shiprider operations are a tool that improves our mutual security in our shared waterways”.