By Oct. 15, 2012, with the “summer 2012” target solidly in the rear view mirror, the launch date for the pilot projects was revised to December 2012, according to another briefing note, which refers cryptically to “privileges and immunities issues” although it does not expand on this idea.
The pilots missed that launch date, too.
Mr. Oliver spoke with Embassy a few months later in April 2013 and expanded on some of the challenges the two countries faced. Public visibility of land operations is far greater than marine operations, and the geographical area is not fixed, he said. The RCMP didn’t have an answer for where an American police officer would be allowed to operate in Canada.
Sovereignty issues arose again after the Canadian Press reported last summer that the US wanted its officers exempt from Canadian law in the plan.
By the time a December 2013 Canada-US progress report on Beyond the Border was released, the program was conspicuously absent.