US and Canada conducting joint security operations during G20 Summit

CLEVELAND — The maritime public may see an increased federal presence on Lake Ontario as U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police boatcrews are conducting security operations in support of the 2010 G20 Summit to be held June 26-27 in Toronto.

Integrated Maritime Security Operations, informally referred to as Shiprider operations, provide for a cooperative approach to combating cross-border crime on shared Canadian and U.S. waterways.

Shiprider operations involve cross-designating Coast Guard and RCMP officers to enable them to effectively engage in maritime law enforcement operations at the U.S./Canada border by jointly crewing marine vessels with law enforcement officers from both agencies. Working together, these U.S. and Canadian officers are able to transit back and forth across the border to better identify, target and interdict threats on shared waterways.

This program allows the crews aboard Coast Guard and RCMP response boats to secure the maritime border from threats no matter which side of the border they are called upon to act.

The Coast Guard and RCMP ask the public to maintain vigilance and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement agencies.

The mutual border that the U.S. and Canada share makes the Shiprider partnership a critical element of both our nations’ security.

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