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OTTAWA, June 5, 2013 — The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today issued a statement congratulating the first Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recruits to graduate from CBSA's Officer Induction Training Program, after attending a ceremony in Rigaud, Quebec.

"CBSA officers across this country play a vital role in ensuring Canada's security and prosperity. The first experience many people have with Canada occurs at a port of entry, with a border services officer.

It was an honour to attend today's inaugural graduation ceremony and to congratulate the recruits who successfully completed the new Officer Induction Training Program. This program incorporates training focused on service, values and ethics, and will help prepare the officers to respond to the many dynamic border issues that the Agency now faces.

Our government is committed to ensuring the security of our borders and the safety of Canada's streets and communities. Training provided to our front-line officers is an investment in them and in our communities. That is why our government made significant changes to the way we bring officers into the CBSA, with a new national recruitment program for CBSA border services officers, as well as the design and delivery of this integrated training curriculum.

I wish these border services officers the very best of success for the future, in upholding the accountability, professionalism, and integrity for which CBSA officers are known. I commend the CBSA for its continued efforts to ensure a safe, secure and efficient border."

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Andrew McGrath
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Safety

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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