Jul. 4, 2013
An agreement between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will allow mixed American/Canadian crews to pursue suspects across borders in the Pacific Northwest.
The Coast Guard signed the “Shiprider” agreement with RCMP’s British Columbia Division on June 17. It will enable Shiprider patrols, with armed crews made up of both Coast Guardsmen and RCMP, to regularly patrol the Canada-U.S. maritime border. The Shiprider agreement is formally known as the Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement program; routine patrols under a similar program began in the Great Lakes region the weekend of June 22.
Pacific Northwest Shiprider patrols will have both Coasties and Mounties aboard. Service members from the nation in which a pursuit ends will take the lead when it comes to law enforcement, said Cmdr. Dale Bateman, chief of the enforcement branch at District 13, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest.