Upgraded Screening Measures Result In More Arrests at Border
Now that officers have the ability to screen travellers against Canadian police records, the new screening measures have resulted in more people being detained and/or arrested at Canadian border crossings.
In late 2015, officers were given access to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database at primary inspection points. In that first month of access, officers flagged 1,800 cases of outstanding warrants, according to an investigation by CBC News. The news show reported that while some warrants were for fines and other minor infractions, a quarter of the referrals were related to criminal offences, resulting in further action, according to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Before this change of additional screening resources, Canadian officers working the front lines of border checkpoints could access information about people being sought by immigration authorities, or those with lost or stolen passports. Other databases, such as CPIC, were only made available to officers at a secondary screening where more thorough checks are conducted.