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New Cross-Border Security Facility Opens in Altona

April 20, 2012 12:30 PM | News

U.S. and Canadian officials open the new Red River Integrated Border Enforcement Team's office in Altona, Manitoba on Friday, April 20, 2012. (RCMP HANDOUT / JONAH O'NEIL)

Altona, Manitoba is the location for a new intelligence office shared between Canadian and American border officials to improve cross-border security.

The Red River Integrated Border Enforcement Team’s new joint headquarters was opened Friday, where several agencies will work on security issues of concern to both countries.

The office will house the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.

Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBETs) enhance border integrity and security along the shared Canada/U.S. border through identification, investigation and interdiction of persons, organizations and goods that threaten the national security of our countries or that are involved in organized criminal activity.

The team will investigate and interdict persons and criminal organizations that pose a threat to citizens in both countries.