Government of Canada announces pilot project to enhance border security between ports of entry near Lacolle, Québec
April 28, 2010 — Today the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced a pilot project led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in cooperation with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to enhance security at our border. The project involves collaborative efforts and community outreach between the ports of entry east and west of Lacolle, Québec.
“This Government is delivering on our commitment to tackle crime and keep our communities safe,” said Minister Toews. “This cooperation between the RCMP and CBSA is an important step to further strengthening the integrity of our border, without impeding flows of legitimate trade and travel. We continue to demonstrate that Canada is vigilant in protecting our communities from criminal activities.”
The eleven month pilot project will complement the work of the existing Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBETs) with a visible presence of uniformed law enforcement officers at the border.
“The RCMP’s strategy to combat cross-border illegal activity recognizes that a smart and secure border is about a balanced, multi-faceted, intelligence-led approach,” said RCMP Commissioner William J.S. Elliott. “The multi-agency pilot project will employ intelligence gathering and advanced technology to maximize the effectiveness of our officers.”
“The CBSA values the strong relationship with the RCMP in our joint efforts to secure Canada’s border and believes a joint approach building off current roles and responsibilities is the most effective and responsible at this time,” added Stephen Rigby, President, Canada Border Services Agency.
Border security requires law enforcement and communities to work together. The pilot project will engage border communities through awareness and outreach activities, seeking their collaboration on law enforcement issues. This approach recognizes that local residents are familiar with their community and are often an invaluable source of information regarding suspicious or criminal activities.
Public Safety Canada