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Injury Collision

Emergency crews are currently on the scene of an injury Motor Vehicle Collision at Box Springs at Saamis Dr NW. Please avoid the area.  Motorists that plan on using Saamis Drive between Redcliff and Medicine Hat are asked to use Highway 1 as their alternate route.

Please give us room to work.

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Canada Day Celebrations

The Medicine Hat Police Service is encouraging any families attending Canada Day Events, or any other large gatherings this summer, to take a photo of your child(ren) prior to attending the event. Children often get distracted by the displays, vendors, and large crowds, causing them to wander away from parents and guardians. Having a photo of your child in their current clothing and hairstyle, etc., greatly assists police and event organizers in finding your child, and returning them to you promptly. Members of MHPS will be in attendance at Canada Day celebrations.

The Police Service hopes everyone has a great and safe summer!

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Arrest of Tamara Lich

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) can confirm that on June 27, 2022, the Service executed a Canada Wide Warrant for Tamara Lich.

The warrant was extended from the jurisdiction of Ontario for one count of fail to comply with a release order. Ms. Lich was held in custody and participated in a Judicial Interim Release (JIR) Hearing at approximately 10:30 AM this morning where a six-day remand was ordered by the Justice of the Peace.

A Canada wide Warrant is generated from the jurisdiction from where the offence took place and must be authorized by the Crown Prosecutor of that jurisdiction, when the accused person resides in another province or Territory. A six-day remand is the process whereby the accused may be held by the jurisdiction where the warrant was carried out so that a hearing before a Justice of the Peace can occur. The hearing determines a form of release or will order the remand of the accused. The accused must then be brought before a justice of the peace the province in which the offence occurred within six days.

As such Ms. Lich will be transported to Ottawa, ON in the next day by the Ottawa Police Service where she will appear before a justice to answer to the charge. Any questions related to the details of the allegation of failing to comply with the release order should be directed to the Ottawa Police Service for comment.

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2021 MHPS Annual Report

The Medicine Hat Police Service in partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Commission is pleased to present the 2021 Medicine Hat Police Service Annual Report.

The report includes a review of operational highlights and identifies how the health pandemic impacted police service activities, as well as features key accomplishments in relation to the five strategic priorities of; community safety, community engagement, service delivery, organizational wellness and human resources.

The report also celebrates the success of Project Motor, an 18-month long joint investigation involving the Medicine Hat Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and RCMP Federal Serious Organized Crime. The investigation into a drug trafficking network that spanned across three provinces resulted in the seizure of more than $1.6 million dollars’ worth of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine, along with 11 firearms and $82,000 cash.

Throughout the year, several initiatives augmented the MPHS relationship with the local Indigenous community.  These included the creation of a Chief’s Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC), the gifting of a sacred Eagle Feather from the Blackfoot community adopted by MHPS to affirm and support employees and members of the community, and the creation of an Indigenous Liaison Officer to ensure the relationship remains strong.

To view the entire report, visit the MHPS website at: https://www.mhps.ca/uploads/files/MHPS-2021-Report-web.pdf

 

For more information contact:

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

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Public Assistance Requested - Road Rage Incident

The Medicine Hat Police Service is requesting public assistance with an investigation into a road rage incident that occurred on June 18, 2022, at approximately 1500 hrs. This incident occurred on the Trans Canada Highway near the east city limits. Two vehicles were involved in this incident, the first being a blue coloured Dodge truck, and the second being a bronze coloured Volkswagen van. This incident resulted in damage to property and this investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in relation to these offences is asked to contact MHPS at 403-529-8481 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also but submitted online via the MHPS website (mhps.ca) or mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

Police File Number 22-13854.

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Assault and Weapons Offences

A female is in custody charged with assault and firearms offences following a response by the Medicine Hat Police Service to a serious incident at a home on June 16, 2022.

In the early evening of June 16, 2022, officers responded to a serious incident in the 1200 Block of Ross Street SE. When Police arrived on scene, they were informed about a male who required immediate medical assistance within the residence. Patrol members entered the residence and located the 41-year-old male with serious injuries. He was transported to the hospital for treatment and later flown to Calgary where he remains in stable condition.

The investigation revealed this was an isolated incident and the persons involved were known to each other. A 41-year-old female is in police custody awaiting a bail hearing charged with Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon and numerous firearms offences.

The MHPS Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate, and no further information will be available until the conclusion of the investigation.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt. Darcy Brandt
Major Crimes Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8421

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Serious Incident

On the early evening of June 16, 2022, the Medicine Hat Police Service responded to a serious incident in the 1200 Block of Ross Street SE.  This matter has concluded, and is now being investigated by the Medicine Hat Police Major Crimes Section.  This was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the community.  Further comments will follow.

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Be The Change Award - Tara Chisholm

On International Women’s Day the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) pledged to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of individuals in the community (Medicine Hat & surrounding area) who lead, inspire, and motivate women, and who work to break the bias towards advancing gender equity.

This month, Tara Chisholm was nominated and chosen as the recipient of the “Be the Change Award.” Tara volunteers as the Head Coach for the Women’s National Canadian Para Hockey Team. Tara also provides leadership in five very prominent roles: She is the Founder and Program Coordinator of the Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport & Recreation; Provincial Coordinator for Boccia - Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association; and the Provincial Program Director for the Paralympic Sport Association and the Physical Literacy Consultant with Ever Active Community.

Tara recognized the need for adaptive sports in Southeastern Alberta and was committed to making sports available to all. Through her leadership, advocacy, fundraising and commitment to her community, Tara has made competitive and recreational sports more equitable and accessible to everyone. Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation focuses on the sports of sledge hockey, boccia, adapted cycling, wheelchair curling, and other adapted fitness. In addition, Tara works with organizations in Medicine Hat and the surrounding area to provide others with free certification and the tools to be able to coach, lead, and gain confidence while fulfilling their dreams. Tara has taken this passion one step further – she also advocates to increase women not only in sport but also in coaching positions. Tara spends a lot of her time organizing and coaching other women to fulfill this endeavour.

Tara’s passion for helping others in the community has certainly touched those around her. Tara’s friends and co-workers say that “Tara inspires women daily to be their best selves”. Tara is recognized for stepping up when a helping hand is needed and is most certainly a role model in this community. Through mentorship and guidance, she inspires the future generation of women not to be afraid and to speak up for equitable opportunities. Tara is committed to mentoring women and encourages them to step into her leadership roles. Tara recognizes the importance of guidance and is dedicated to the future development of women coaches in today's world.

Congratulations Tara! You are a true pillar in this community. Through your commitment and dedication to others, you brighten our community. The Medicine Hat Police Service along with the Medicine Hat Police Association are proud to recognize you and your endeavours. We urge you to continue your advocacy and encourage all those in the community to support you as well.

If you know of a role model in our community who would be deserving of the Be The Change award recognition, nominations can be submitted via the MHPS website (https://app.mhps.ca/be-the-change-award) or mobile app for consideration. The nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of women who serve with the MHPS and each month they will select and arrange to meet with the winner to celebrate their accomplishments.

Media Contact:

Cst. Michelle Brunet
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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B&E to Business/Theft of Firearms

One male is in custody charged with several property and firearms related offences following an arrest by the Brooks RCMP on June 6, 2022.

On June 6, 2022, at approximately 5:35 AM, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) attended to a break and enter in progress at a business located on Allowance Avenue SE.

Video surveillance determined that two males arrived in a black Ford Escape SUV and made entry by smashing through the front door. Upon making entry the suspects stole 10 long rifles and ammunition.

Between the hours of 5:30 AM and 7:10 AM police were notified of three other break & enters that occurred at other Medicine Hat businesses, that had involved a grey Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Police immediately notified neighbouring agencies about the break and enters. Both the black Ford Escape and grey Jeep Grand Cherokee had been reported stolen from Strathmore, Alberta on June 5, 2022.

At approximately 10:15 AM the Brooks RCMP located the black Ford Escape near Brooks with the assistance of the owner who was tracking the vehicle.

The lone occupant of the vehicle, Jordon Paupst-Wall, 28-years-old, of Red Deer, AB was taken into custody by Brooks RCMP. A search of the vehicle revealed all of the stolen firearms and ammunition from the break and enter that occurred in Medicine Hat, along with clothing worn at the time of the offence.

Jordon Paupst-Wall has been charged by the MHPS with the following offences:

  • Break & Enter and Steal Firearms 98(1)(b) C.C.
  • Breach of release conditions 145(5)(a) C. C.
  • Break & Enter 348(1)(a) C.C. x 2

Paupst-Wall is currently remanded in custody on Brooks RCMP and MHPS charges.

Members of the MHPS Major Crimes Section are continuing this investigation and working to determine the identity of other suspects involved in these break and enters.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is asked to contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481 or submit a tip via the MHPS website (mhps.ca) or mobile application. The MHPS app is available for Apple and Android devices and is free to download.

Media Contact:

A/Insp Kelsey Fraser
Criminal and Investigation Support Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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Motor Vehicle Collision - Update

The Medicine Hat Police Service shares everybody’s concern when it comes to road safety and road users.

At about 10:00 am, June 3, 2022, the Medicine Hat Police Service responded to a crash at the intersection of Highway 1 and 7 St SW.

Police have determined that a 2018 Hyundai Tucson travelling east bound on Highway 1 collided with two stopped vehicles. Three persons were transported to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital with undetermined, non-life-threatening injuries.

The roads have been cleared for travel, and the crash is under investigation by one the MHPS Traffic Unit investigators.

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