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February 03, 2010 16:14 ET

Minister Toews and Secretary Napolitano Announce Joint Enforcement Efforts to Patrol Waterways During the 2010 Winter Games

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, today announced a new Shiprider pilot project designed to bolster cross-border security operations in the waters of Puget Sound and off the Pacific Coast before and during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. The project enables the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to cross-train, share resources and personnel and utilize each others' vessels in the waters of both countries.

"This announcement supports our efforts to ensure a safe and secure 2010 Olympic Winter Games. During the Olympics, Canadian and U.S. law enforcement will work together to combat criminal activity in our shared waterways," said Minister Toews. "Together with the United States, we are sending a strong message to criminals that illegal activity at our shared border will not be tolerated."

"The United States and Canada are committed to securing our shared waterways against threats on both sides of the border," said Secretary Napolitano. "This pilot project will enhance coordination and information-sharing between our two countries and strengthen our joint efforts to protect our citizens and visitors from around the world during the 2010 Winter Games."

The pilot will be consistent with the Framework Agreement governing Shiprider operations in shared waterways signed by Secretary Napolitano and former Public Safety Minister, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, in May 2009. Both countries remain committed to fully implementing this agreement and jointly protecting against shared threats.

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