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In this aerial photo, a freighter passes by the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit on the right and Windsor, Canada on the left on Thursday June 14, 2012.
In this aerial photo, a freighter passes by the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit on the right and Windsor, Canada on the left on Thursday June 14, 2012.
(ROMAIN BLANQUART/AP)

How Canada and the U.S. conduct joint maritime border patrols

Dubbed ‘Shiprider,’ the joint Canada-U.S. maritime policing program that allows armed police from both countries to operate on both sides of the border plugs some of the watery gaps and is good for everyone’s security, according to its backers.

Terrorists, smugglers, organized criminals and human traffickers will all face greater threat of detection and arrest because of Shiprider’s joint patrols by U.S. Coast Guards and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, claim government officials.