We have been covering this story since it was first announced. The Integrated Cross Border Law Enforcement Operations Act enables American police officers to cross the border into Canada where, as the act states, they have “the same power to enforce an act of Parliament as a member of the RCMP.
This act is only the first stage of total law enforcement integration between the two nations, and focuses on waterways.
Patrol boats with crews of about five people. In U.S waters, a crew may include four U.S. Coast Guard officers and an RCMP officer patrolling on a small U.S Coast Guard vessel. On the Canadian side, RCMP officers will be on a Canadian vessel with one U.S. Coast Guard officer.
RCMP officials state that they have been worried about the risk to sovereignty that this posses, but “safeguards” are in place. The safeguard is that any American police officer in Canadian territory can only conduct operations if they are “strictly” supervised by Canadian law enforcement.
The RCMP states this as if, allowing a foreign police officer to operate on our soil is not a risk to sovereignty if it is supervised.
Another interesting development is that the Canadian government is also looking at deploying drone patrol ships to monitor our waterways (as we wrote about here: Drones In The Skies Of Canada Not Enough? How About Unmanned Patrol Ships)
There is also an exception in the act that is called “Hot pursuit”. This allows American law enforcement to come on to Canadian land, when chasing a suspect.
That ties into the second phase that, will come. Cross border land operations. Though incremental steps that will span years, if not decades. The two nations will have totally integrated all law enforcement operations, and Canada will fall under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security.
To put everything into perspective. At this very point in time. American predator drones are patrolling the American/Canadian border (allowed to enter Canadian air space), and American law enforcement is patrolling our waterways. Both of these actions began in a very short time period of under 5 years.
The question is not if total integration will happen, but how quickly it will advance? If we do not stop it.