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Coast Guard, RCMP step up border security in region for Olympics

Top photo: Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Villerot, 30, stows a mooring line onboard a Royal Canadian Mounted Police 28-foot patrol boat, near South Pender Island, British Columbia, Feb. 9. Bottom photo: Constable Stephane Boudreau of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Marine Security Enforcement Team handles a mooring line onboard a Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft Law Enforcement in support of the Olympic Shiprider Program, Feb. 9.   - Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Colin White
Top photo: Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Villerot, 30, stows a mooring line onboard a Royal Canadian Mounted Police 28-foot patrol boat, near South Pender Island, British Columbia, Feb. 9. Bottom photo: Constable Stephane Boudreau of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Marine Security Enforcement Team handles a mooring line onboard a Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft Law Enforcement in support of the Olympic Shiprider Program, Feb. 9.
— image credit: Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Colin White

The U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the RCMP Federal Border Integrity Program, has launched the Olympic Shiprider pilot program in waters off the Pacific Northwest coast to enhance security operations during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.

Marine law enforcement vessels will be jointly crewed by specially trained and designated U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officers authorized to enforce the law on both sides of the international maritime boundary, while respecting the sovereignty of both nations.

The 21st Winter Olympics opens Feb. 12 and continues through Feb. 28. About 80 nations are expected to be represented.

Megan Managan and Wesley Remmer of The Journal's sister newspapers Mercer Island Reporter and Central Kitsap Reporter are blogging from the Olympics. You can follow them at

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