- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police personnel are again training together in South Carolina for future patrols along the U.S.-Canadian border.

Participants in the Shiprider program begin two weeks of training on Monday at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston.

The program in which officers from both nations train together officially began last year after several years of pilot testing.

In Shiprider, officers from both agencies patrol with each other in the same boats in border waters checking for everything from safety violations to drug and cigarette running.

The training involves becoming familiar with the laws of both countries and working as a team, including conducting simulated boarding exercises.

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