U.S. and Canadian partner agencies complete joint maritime law enforcement and security operations

Multiple U.S. and Canadian partner agencies planned and executed four large-scale binational interagency operations throughout the summer in Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, focused on a variety of missions from application of maritime and security law.

“Despite the challenges of protecting a large and geographically diverse region like the Pacific Northwest during the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitment of U.S. and Canadian partners to the continued safety and security of the public, our natural resources, and the Economic prosperity of both nations remains determined, ”said Captain Patrick Hilbert, Coast Guard Area Commander Puget Sound. “These joint operations are a testament to the strength of our common resolve as we continue to engage and collaborate on important issues in the future.”

Joint maritime operations focused on strengthening maritime border security to deter and prohibit illicit activities; better knowledge of vessel movements; traffic patterns; and fishing activity; strengthen inter-agency partnerships, communications and interoperability; and leverage resources and partnerships to achieve multi-mission success.

Upon completion of operations, staff from US and Canadian partner agencies completed more than 1,000 vessel checks, resulting in the issuance of 35 violations for safety, illegal fishing and navigation under influence.

In addition, more than 60 maritime border posts were checked by staff from the participating agency, and nine investigative leads were uncovered, including vessels and people being investigated for financial crimes, trafficking. of narcotics, endangerment of southern resident killer whales and crab poaching.

“The CBSA is proud to work with its partners to protect our borders and protect our communities from illegal activity. By working together and cooperating, we are stronger and smarter to deal with risks and threats to public safety, ”said John Linde, director of the Intelligence Operations and Law Enforcement Division of the United States. ‘CBSA in the Pacific region.

The participating US and Canadian federal partners are part of the Pacific Northwest Regional Coordination Mechanism. PNW ReCoM coordinates multi-mission law enforcement operations and security initiatives throughout Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest, and actively works to strengthen partner communication and collaboration through information sharing and active working groups. The leadership positions of PNW ReCoM change on an annual basis and are currently co-chaired by the Canada Border Services Agency and Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations.

“The RCMP’s Shiprider Program is committed to working with our partners to achieve our common goals, such as border security and the disruption of cross-border crime,” said Superintendent Bert Ferreira, Officer in Charge of the Federal Police Integrity Program. RCMP borders in British Columbia. “Joint operations like this provide an opportunity to show the positive results that come from collaboration and interoperability between our agencies. We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with our partners and the results of future joint operations. “

The Commander of CBP AMO in the Pacific Northwest, Director Jeremy Thompson, said, “AMO brings dedicated airborne and maritime law enforcement assets to our region, and we are honored to serve alongside our American and Canadian partners. PNW ReCoM’s partnerships are crucial in protecting the people of the United States. “

“Our PNW ReCoM highlights the excellent work the Department of Homeland Security is doing in the maritime environment with our US and Canadian law enforcement partners,” said Chief Patrol Officer David S. . BeMiller. The US Border Patrol, Blaine Sector, is committed to supporting our partners, protecting our communities, ensuring border security and strengthening national security.

Kenneth Williams, CBP Field Operations Area Port Director, said: “This operation demonstrates the strong network of law enforcement partners in the Pacific Northwest and their commitment to ensuring the safety of our communities. We appreciate being a part of this great partnership and look forward to future collaborations. “

The following agencies participated in the operations:

– Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound

– Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team 91101

– West Coast Guard Marine Safety Response Team

– Coast Guard Investigation Service

– Customs patrol and border protection office field operations

– Customs and border protection Air and maritime operations

– Customs and border protection US Border Patrol

– Customs intelligence and border protection office

– Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

– Internal security investigations

– Royal Canadian Mounted Police

– Canada Border Services Agency

– Department of Fisheries and Oceans

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