Armed border officers deployed at the Pacific Highway border crossing



    SURREY, BC, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Mark Warawa, Member of
Parliament for Langley, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of
Public Safety, announced the deployment of armed border services officers at
the Pacific Highway border crossing in Surrey, B.C.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to a safe, secure and efficient
border. We have fulfilled another election promise by arming our border
services officers and giving them the tools and resources they need to protect
our border," said Mr. Warawa. "Our Government is committed to protecting those
who protect our border. Enhanced border security means safer communities."
    Border services officers are being provided with duty firearms to enhance
their law-enforcement effectiveness and their safety as they fulfill their
duties.
    In total, 4,800 border services officers will be trained and deployed by
the end of the training process. This includes the 400 new border services
officers who will be hired, trained and equipped in order to eliminate
dangerous "work-alone" situations.
    The training that officers receive is unique and meets the special
requirements of their duties. It involves incorporating firearms into
use-of-force decision making as well as simulation exercises.
    Canada's New Government is taking action to facilitate the smooth flow of
legitimate trade and travel while securing Canada's border.




For further information:

For further information: Mélisa Leclerc, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, (613)
991-2863


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