Securing the border contributes to the safety of Canada and protects Canadians from terrorism and transnational organized crime, while allowing for the legal movement of people and goods. Canada shares the world's longest undefended border with the United States, stretching nearly 9,000 kilometres across land and water. Working with its numerous domestic and international law enforcement partners, the RCMP contributes to border security between Canada and the US.
The RCMP takes a layered approach to border security: we work to prevent, detect and disrupt the greatest threats using all of the resources – including technology and intelligence – at our disposal. We track national-level targets regardless of the type of crime or commodity. Currently, the greatest threats to our border continue to be national security crimes (Canadians travelling for terrorist activities) and transnational organized crime networks (groups who use ports of entry or areas along the border to illegally move people or illicit merchandise).
Between ports of entry, we maintain a presence in the highest-risk border regions, including along the border in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. At the ports of entry, we address inbound and outbound criminal threats, as well as collaborate with our partners to investigate and track high-risk travellers. Our airport detachments focus on corruption and as well as high-risk travellers.
Using the latest and most advanced technology to monitor the border, the RCMP communicates with other law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border, and enhances the efficiencies of operations and intelligence gathering.
As well, the RCMP's multifaceted role in border security entails commitments under the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which outlines many initiatives including the Canada-US Shiprider. These vessels are jointly crewed by specially trained and designated Canadian and US law enforcement officers who are authorized to enforce the law on both sides of the international boundary line. Working together, armed Canadian and US law enforcement officers are able to transit back and forth across the border to help secure it from threats to national security, as well as prevent cross-border smuggling and trafficking.