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Male in custody following seizure of prohibited weapons

On 28 May 2020, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service ALERT Organized Crime Section attempted to execute a criminal code search warrant of a residence on Ross Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB relating to the importation and possession of a prohibited weapon.

When police attempted to arrest the male on these charges and to execute a search warrant, the accused barricaded himself in his residence and refused to exit. During the standoff the accused male assaulted an officer and as a result of this attack he struck in the leg with a police impact weapon.

MHPS Crisis Negotiator Team members negotiated with the male and the stand off ended with the accused surrendering to the MHPS Tactical Arrest and Control Team members on scene.

Several prohibited weapons were seized and charges are pending as the investigation continues. Additional information will be released in the following days.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Jason Graham
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph; 403-529-8461

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900 Block Ross Street SE Incident - update

The event that occurred in the 900 block of Ross Street SE has successfully come to a conclusion.  The Medicine Hat Police Service would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during this time.  Further comments will be provided shortly.

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High Profile Incident - Update

Currently the Medicine Hat Police Service is dealing with an incident in the 900 block of Ross Street SE.  This event is still ongoing.  We would ask that the public continue to avoid the area and those residents who live in close proximity are advised to shelter in place.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

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High Profile Incident

The Medicine Hat Police is currently dealing with a high profile incident and would ask that the public avoid the area of the 900 block of Ross Street SE.  Additional information will be forthcoming.  Thank you.

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MVC Fatality

The Medicine Hat Police Service is continuing the investigation into a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 1200 block of McKenzie Cres NW, which resulted in the death of an 83-year-old Medicine Hat woman. The cause of the collision is still under review and charges are pending.

The investigation into this collision will be detailed and time consuming and local traffic only is recommended in the area.

All traffic fatalities are tragic for those involved, from first responders to witnesses and most of all to the driver and victim’s family. The MHPS extends condolences to the friends and family of the deceased woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Media Contact:

Sgt. Gerald Sadlemyer
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471

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Injury MVC

20-10796 Injury Motor Vehicle Collision

Members of MHPS Patrol and Traffic Section along with EMS are currently on scene at an injury motor vehicle collision on the 1200 block of McKenzie Cres NW. Emergency crews on sight are requesting motorists to avoid the area. Thank you for your cooperation.

Patrol Staff Sergeant

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Perceptions of Safety Survey

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting the lives and habits of all Canadians. To help understand its impacts on people across the country, Statistics Canada is collecting information related to the perceptions of crime, safety, and violence during the pandemic. To voluntarily participate in the survey click on the following link:

https://surveys-enquetes.statcan.gc.ca/form-formulaire/q/en/eqgs3f366219551540e4968745cdb5adc5c0/p0

The survey will close on May 25th, 2020 with results expected in mid-June.

For more information on this data collection, please visit https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/survey/household/5323-covid-series

 

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2019 MHPS Annual Report

The Medicine Hat Police Service in partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Commission is proud to present the 2019 Medicine Hat Police Service Annual Report.

The report includes a review of operational highlights as well as features key activities and accomplishments in relation to the four strategic priorities of; Community Safety, Community Engagement, Human Resources and Officer Safety. The report also celebrates awards received by the Service as well as commendations and compliments received by staff throughout the year.

To view the entire report, visit the MHPS website click here

For more information contact:

Rita Sittler
Administrative Services Manager
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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ICE Makes Series of Arrests in Medicine Hat

Four Medicine Hat men have been charged with a variety of child sexual exploitation offences following a series of arrests by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit.

ICE’s investigation stems from the suspects’ alleged involvement in online child exploitation. The arrests took place between May 12 and 14, 2020, with the help of Medicine Hat Police Service.

“Sadly, our ICE unit has been inundated with cases involving online child exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. While people are spending more time online, I can’t emphasize enough the need to implement safe internet practices and know-how in order to protect our children,” said Supt. Dwayne Lakusta, ALERT CEO.

There is no definitive link between the suspects other than the nature of offences allegedly committed. Each of the men was charged with at least one child pornography offence:

  • Thomas Bindr, a 27-year-old man;
  • Blaine Vadnais, a 78-year-old man;
  • Jeremy Unruh, a 43-year-old man; and
  • Owen Michael Monteith, a 34-year-old man.

None of the accused were deemed to work in professions of trust and/or authority.

A total of 43 computers and devices were seized. ICE will continue its investigation by conducting a full forensic analysis.

ICE is an integrated team that includes members of Calgary Police, Lethbridge Police, and Medicine Hat Police, and RCMP members. ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18, and child sex trade/tourism.

Anyone with information about this investigation, or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Sgt. Kirt Murray
Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)

Ph: 403-581-1090

Michael Tucker
Communications Director

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
Desk: 780-509-3015
Cell: 780-983-4159

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Update - Serious Incident

On May 18, 2020, the Medicine Hat Police responded to report of a distraught female on Finely Bridge.  After negotiating with the female, she was safely taken into custody and apprehended under the Mental Health Act.  The female was then transported to the Medicine Hat Hospital for treatment.  MHPS would like to thank the public for their patience while dealing with this matter.  No further comment will be made.

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