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Pacific Northwest Media Contact: (206) 220-7237

13th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: June 18, 2013

Contact: PA3 Katelyn Tyson

Office: (206) 220-7237

News Release: U.S. Coast Guard and RCMP sign finalized Shiprider agreement

 Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division, and Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, sign the finalized Shiprider agreement during a ceremony held at the Peace Arch Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, June 17, 2013. Shiprider is a formal, regional standard operating procedure that allows members of both organizations to coordinate joint law enforcement operations in shared waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson/Released)

Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division, and Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, sign the finalized Shiprider agreement during a ceremony held at the Peace Arch Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, June 17, 2013. Shiprider is a formal, regional standard operating procedure that allows members of both organizations to coordinate joint law enforcement operations in shared waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson/Released)

Canadian Consul General Dennis Stevens thanks Craig Callens, deputy commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division, and Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, for their efforts in formalizing the Shiprider agreement during a signing ceremony at the Peace Arch Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, June 17, 2013. Shiprider is a formal, regional standard operating procedure that allows members of both organizations to coordinate joint law enforcement operations in shared waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson/Released)

Canadian Consul General Dennis Stevens thanks Craig Callens, deputy commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division, and Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, for their efforts in formalizing the Shiprider agreement during a signing ceremony at the Peace Arch Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, June 17, 2013. Shiprider is a formal, regional standard operating procedure that allows members of both organizations to coordinate joint law enforcement operations in shared waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson/Released)

Canadian Consul Deputy General Joe Salazar speaks to a group of representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division during a signing ceremony for the Shiprider agreement. Shiprider is a formal, regional standard operating procedure that allows members of both organizations to coordinate joint law enforcement operations in shared waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson/Released)

United States Deputy Consul General Joe Salazar speaks to a group of representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division during a signing ceremony for the Shiprider agreement. Shiprider is a formal, regional standard operating procedure that allows members of both organizations to coordinate joint law enforcement operations in shared waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson/Released)

SEATTLE--The Coast Guard 13th District and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division signed a finalized agreement for the Pacific region Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement program, known as Shiprider, during a ceremony at the Peace Arch Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, Monday.

Shiprider is a program that enables specially-trained officials from both nations to pursue or interdict suspected criminals transiting across the shared maritime border.

The two signatories of the regional program were Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, and Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division.

"This signing represents a more formal finalization of the collaboration between the RCMP and the United States Coast Guard," said Callens. "It is the culmination of tireless efforts of those who have advanced the concept of Shiprider."

The concept of Shiprider was first introduced in 2005. A version of the agreement proved successful during the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2010.

"I am very proud of the men and women of the RCMP and U.S. Coast Guard who serve on the Shiprider boats today, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year," said Taylor. "They collectively protect our shared maritime border."

View photos of the Shiprider training in action

For more information, contact the Coast Guard 13th district public affairs office at (206) 220-7237.

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