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Canada-U.S. Shiprider

Olympic Shiprider Pilot: Pegasus Video

Cst. Kevin Molison, RCMP Border Integrity Program: 123 degrees, 10.85 West. And the sea state is about one foot chop.

Radio: Copy location, one foot chop. Thank you.

Sgt. Jock Wadley, RCMP Border Integrity Program: The Shiprider program basically came up out of several pilot projects between the RCMP and United States Guard (USCG) where each is cross-designated with enforcement authorities in the other country. In effect, it is a force multiplier for both agencies where if we look at the coastline where we are working here.Criminals are not bound by the line in the water that we call the border. They can run the border at will. They can use the border to hide behind; whereas, we, as law enforcement agencies for each country, are required to stop at the border. Without the Shiprider program, that's what we have to do in effect. Once someone crosses the border, we cease our activity.With the Shiprider program, we can follow it to its conclusion.

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: Hey, how are you doing?

Unidentified male boater: [inaudible]

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: What's that?

Unidentified male boater: That's Canada over there.

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: I know that. How are you doing?

Unidentified male boater: Pretty good.

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: Good. I'm Officer Magrino with the Coast Guard.

Unidentified male boater: Coast Guard!?

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: Yes.

Unidentified male boater: This is a Canadian boat, fellow.

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: I know, right.

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: U.S. Coast Guard boarding officers are designated under the RCMP Act as supernumerary special constables and the RCMP officers are designated under the Customs Authority as U.S. Customs officers working with the U.S. Coast Guard. So now we share authority and jurisdiction on both sides of the border, working under the RCMP's lead if we're in Canadian waters and under the USCG's lead if we're in United States waters.

Cst. Kevin Molison, RCMP Border Integrity Program: Say they were in U.S. waters and as soon as they cross into Canadian waters, the USCG boat would have to stop. With an RCMP member on board, once they cross into Canada, the USCG can continue following or pursuing and likewise, the other way around. If we had a boat in Canadian waters here and it went into U.S. waters, normally we would just stop at the border, but because we've got a USCG member on board we can continue on across into the United States waters.

USCG Ensign Mark Magrino: It's important that the USCG and the RCMP Canadian law enforcement officials work together in order to help secure the maritime border from any threats, or just local commerce and activities here.

Canada-U.S. Shiprider involves vessels jointly crewed by specially trained and designated Canadian and U.S. law enforcement officers who are authorized to enforce the law on both sides of the international boundary line.