SDG — The Pierce Protocol involves techniques employed during interviews and criminal interrogations related to potential smuggling activities — and it’s named after the SD&G OPP officer recently honoured by the U.S. Border Patrol for developing it.
It was while working in northwestern Ontario that Detective Constable C.J. Pierce came up with the investigative and intelligence-collection method, a protocol now used by the U.S. Border Patrol as well.
Pierce received the American agency’s Meritorious Achievement Award and Medal today — the first time the recognition has ever been presented to a Canadian.
Assistant Chief Dennis O’Neil of the U.S. Border Patrol noted during the presentation that it was a pleasure to be able to recognize Pierce’s contribution, noting the value of strong relationships and partnerships between law enforcement on both sides of the border. He added that this type of recognition is very rare.
For his part, the recipient noted that he was humbled by the honour.