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9th District Great Lakes Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

December 11, 2012


Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office

Email: D9PublicAffairs@gmail.com

Office: (216) 902-6020

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PHOTOs: Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police law enforcement crews conduct binational training

Shiprider program designed to help partner nations combat cross-border crime

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A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew flies over U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police boatcrews as they conduct joint smallboat training along the shared US/Canada border in the Detroit River Dec. 11, 2012.

The Air Station Detroit rescue helicopter crew was in the area conducting routine training at the same time the boatcrews were conducting law enforcement training.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Lippert.

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Boatcrews from the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police conduct joint smallboat training along the shared US/Canada border in the Detroit River Dec. 10, 2012.

The area near Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is one of the first regularized locations for integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations, known as the Shiprider program, which places mixed crews aboard law enforcement vessels along the shared border to combat cross-border crime.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerry Minchew

Boatcrews and law enforcement personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police discuss planned joint smallboat training held along the shared US/Canada border in the Detroit River Dec. 10, 2012.

The area near Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is one of the first regularized locations for integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations, known as the Shiprider program, which places mixed crews aboard law enforcement vessels along the shared border to combat cross-border crime.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerry Minchew
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Law enforcement personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police conduct joint smallboat training along the shared US/Canada border in the Detroit River Dec. 10, 2012.

The area near Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is one of the first regularized locations for integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations, known as the Shiprider program, which places mixed crews aboard law enforcement vessels along the shared border to combat cross-border crime.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerry Minchew

Boatcrews from the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police conduct joint smallboat training along the shared US/Canada border in the Detroit River Dec. 10, 2012.

The area near Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is one of the first regularized locations for integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations, known as the Shiprider program, which places mixed crews aboard law enforcement vessels along the shared border to combat cross-border crime.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerry Minchew

CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police law enforcement crews conducted smallboat training Monday and Tuesday in the vicinity of the shared border near Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

This training was conducted in preparation of regularized operations — once administrative protocols and binational agreements are fully authorized.

Detroit/Windsor will be one of two regularized locations for integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement operations — known as the Shiprider program.  The other area is Blaine, Washington/Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as announced at a news briefing in White Rock, British Columbia, in October.

Shiprider entails U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officers embarking together on vessels to achieve integrated operations on and near our shared maritime border.  When operating in Canadian waters, the Canadian law enforcement officers will have the lead in conducting operations.  Conversely, when operating in U.S. waters, U.S. law enforcement officers will have the lead. It provides the operational flexibility to pursue and interdict vessels across the international border by having law enforcement officers from both countries on the same vessel.

"Canada and the US are both maritime nations that share an enormous interest in the safety, security, and stewardship of the maritime environments in which we live, work, and depend upon for our prosperity," said Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District.  "Nowhere is that reality more clear than in the Great Lakes."

"This important partnership allows us to more effectively leverage our law enforcement resources and prevent criminal activity, regardless of which side of the border it originates."

Regularized Shiprider operations respect the sovereignty of both the US and Canada and are based on the principles of shared border management, effective law enforcement, appropriate and measured information sharing, and robust privacy protection. Shiprider operations enhance both Canadian and US security in shared waterways.

Coast Guard and RCMP crews near Detroit/Windsor conducted similar training earlier this year:

Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Demucha, a maritime enforcement specialist from Coast Guard Sector Detroit, trains with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during a Shiprider training exercise on the Detroit River between Detroit, Mich., and Windsor, Ontario Canada, Oct. 25, 2012. Regularized Shiprider operations respect the sovereignty of both the US and Canada and are based on the principles of shared border management, effective law enforcement, appropriate and measured information sharing, and robust privacy protection. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.      Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle and Sector Detroit train with boat crewmembers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during a Shiprider training exercise on the Detroit River in between Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Mich., Oct. 25, 2012. Regularized Shiprider operations respect the sovereignty of both the US and Canada and are based on the principles of shared border management, effective law enforcement, appropriate and measured information sharing, and robust privacy protection. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Demucha, a maritime enforcement specialist from Coast Guard Sector Detroit, trains with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during a Shiprider training exercise on the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 25, 2012.

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

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle and Sector Detroit train with boat crewmembers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during a Shiprider training exercise on the Detroit River in between Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit Oct. 25, 2012.

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

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

For more information, contact the 9th Coast Guard District External Affairs Division staff at 216-902-6020, or Sgt. Peter Koersvelt, RCMP Windsor Detachment, at 519-967-4353, ext. 236.

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