The RCMP is cracking down on suspected terrorists using fake documents and other techniques to get into Canada.
The RCMP has launched a crackdown on the practice, calling it “lone wolf” terrorism.
The RCMP has deployed the “Lone Wolf” technique to crack down on people who are trying to cross the border without a valid visa or passport.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says the technique was developed by border guards and has been deployed to arrest suspects since the mid-1990s.
The strategy has been used by authorities in several other countries, including Mexico and Pakistan, and it is also used to identify people wanted by the RCMP in other countries.
RCMP spokesperson Capt. Paulson said he doesn’t know how many officers are using the tactic.
He said officers use it when they are in the course of an investigation and are unsure if they should file a criminal charge against a person.
“They’re not looking for criminal charges but to try and find a lone wolf, an illegal, criminal suspect,” he said.
While the RCMP isn’t doing this to stop people crossing the border illegally, Paulson is calling for border guards to stop the practice.
According to Paulson, it is not legal for anyone to enter Canada and then come back with a fake passport.
Paulsson said it’s the “wrong use of police resources.”
He says if someone is trying to enter illegally with a bogus passport, he will take a look at that person, then refer them to the RCMP to make sure he can make an arrest.
Paulssons office says the tactic has been employed by border officers for decades, with the RCMP saying it’s not a new tactic.
“It’s just a new way of doing things,” he explained.
Paulson said officers have found it difficult to identify suspected terrorists because people tend to hide their identity.
He says he’s not aware of any Canadian being arrested for using the technique.
However, Paulsson is asking the federal government to increase the number of border guards at the border.
In a letter to federal immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, Paulsson also asks for more money to help border guards enforce immigration laws and provide a better understanding of the new tactics.
As the RCMP says it has no plans to use the technique to arrest suspected terrorists, Paulsons office said it is working with other Canadian governments to increase border security.
Canadian Border Services Agency spokesperson Catherine McLean said border officers are looking at ways to increase their capacity and resources to handle the increased demands at the borders.
She said the agency has identified three techniques that border officers can use to detect a person who is trying out the tactics.
Those include: identifying the face, hearing a person speak, and having a visual inspection.
McLean said the RCMP would only use the techniques if there is a clear risk of death or serious bodily harm to the person.
She also said border guards are trained to identify faces and hear the voice of the person attempting to cross illegally.
There are no penalties for people who use the tactics, she said.