Havre, Mont. - On Wednesday, June 30, Border Patrol agents from the Havre sector, along with other Montana law enforcement agencies, teamed up with Canadian law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes from both nations to film a promotional video for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The video was filmed along the international boundary in Sweetgrass, Mont., and featured the officers and athletes running the Special Olympics torch escorted by uniformed officers and vehicles from both countries. The torch was then filmed being ceremonially passed from the U.S. to Canada. The video will be shown at this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference in Long Beach, Calif., October 19-22.
Calgary will be hosting the conference in 2011. As this will be the first time Canada has hosted the conference, they designed their video to symbolize the collaboration and friendship shared by the two countries.
The International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference is attended by Special Olympics staff members and law enforcement officers. During the conferences, the Special Olympics gives awards to successful programs, announces fundraising events and generally celebrates the achievements of the year.
"This was a great opportunity for us to help the Special Olympics and also to strengthen our partnerships with Canadian law enforcement," said Havre sector Chief Patrol Agent Brenna Neinast. "We place a lot of importance in our relationships with the Montana communities and law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border."
American officers who participated in the event represented CBP's Office of Border Patrol and Office of Field Operations, Cascade County sheriff's office, Great Falls Police Department, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Glacier County sheriff's office, Toole County sheriff's office, Montana Highway Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Canadian law enforcement agencies were represented by officers from the Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol, Calgary Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Havre Border Patrol sector's public outreach program is designed to support the Border Patrol's strategy of enlisting partnerships with the community in order to increase its effectiveness in protecting the homeland.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.