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Operation Stonegarden II
Operation Stonegarden II (OSGII) is a border security enhancement program, sponsored in partnership between the MIAC and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sector office in Houlton. OSGII is a follow-up to the original, highly successful OSG program in late 2004, where law enforcement officials intercepted a significant number of individuals attempting to illegally cross the 611-mile long Maine-Canada border.
OSGII has been in operation since the summer of 2006. Under the OSGII program, state, county, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies work in close collaboration with CBP Station Agents along the international border. More than 25 agencies are currently participating in the program.
Law Enforcement Officers work extra hours along targeted routes to increase visibility and presence in communities and wilderness areas along the border.
Funding for the program comes from the State Homeland Security Grant Program, administered by the Maine Emergency Management Agency. Through cooperating with CBP Stations and sharing information and intelligence, the OSGII partner agencies have identified dozens of illegal border crossings, identified persons of interest and noted suspicious behavior in and along border communities. The program continues to improve relationships between partner agencies and produce actionable information that allows CBP and Maine law enforcement to better protect the United States' border.
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