Two countries, one team. Canada and the United States have permanently joined law enforcement officers in a historic North American partnership, boosting security in our shared waters.
The idea of a joint Canada-U.S. law enforcement partnership on our shared maritime border grew out of the IBET model which fosters strong international partnerships. Shiprider is the maritime operational arm of the IBET program.
Integrated Cross Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (ICMLEO), often called "Shiprider," is a newly legislated border security arrangement between Canada and the United States.
The program involves vessels jointly crewed by specially trained and cross-designated Canadian and U.S. law enforcement officers authorized to enforce the law on both sides of the international maritime boundary.
Before officers can participate in Shiprider operations, they are required to take part in joint classroom and scenario-based training that focuses on respective domestic enforcement authorities and on-water operational procedures.
The training is truly integrated to the point that approximately half of the instructors are Canadian and half are American. In April and May 2012, an ambitious agenda was successfully rolled out whereby more than 80 officers from both countries received Shiprider training in three back-to-back sessions (eight days each). The training took place at the well-equipped U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) in Charleston, South Carolina.