Suspicious Fire

Suspicious Fire – 500 Block Rutherford Street NW

During the morning of August 14, 2023, the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) and Medicine Hat Fire Department (MHFD) responded to a report of a structure fire at a business located in the 500 block of Rutherford Street NW. Initial indications are suggesting that the fire is suspicious in nature and therefore is now being investigated by the MHPS Criminal Investigation Section.

Anyone with information that could aid the investigation is asked to contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481. Tips may also be submitted via the MHPS website ( or mobile app. The MHPS app is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt. Jason Graham
Criminal Investigation Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8421


World Police and Fire Games UPDATE

Congratulations to Constables Lisa Gervais, Mitch Young and Garreth MacPherson who recently represented the Medicine Hat Police Service at the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) held in Winnipeg, MB.

For Cst. Gervais this was her second time competing at the Games. In 2022 she placed third, winning a bronze medal and spent the past year diligently working on herself and her weaknesses with a goal of reaching the podium once again. All of her hard work and dedication paid off when she stood on top of the podium with a gold medal. The highlight of the competition for Lisa was finishing first place in all six workouts in her age category and having two overall event wins. She was excited to share this experience alongside her two coworkers.

Cst. MacPherson also competed in six events over three days with athletes from all over the world. In his first WPFG experience he achieved great success and placed second overall in the Cross Fit competition.

Cst. Young competed in the Toughest Competitor Alive and placed second overall. He enjoyed competing against some of the fittest athletes in the first responder community from around the world and being part of such a prestigious event. Some of the highlights were walking through downtown Winnipeg in the parade of over 8,000 athletes from around the world, taking in the other events/venues, and having a chance to meet and socialize with everyone involved.

The three officers wanted to share their appreciation for the MHPS, the Medicine Hat Police Association, the community of Medicine Hat and most importantly their families for all the support they were provided.

Thank you for being such amazing ambassadors of our Service and community!

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


Discharged Firearm

On August 5, 2023, at approximately 9:00 pm, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) responded to the 400 block of 19th Street NE to investigate a weapons complaint. The investigation has determined that an as yet unidentified person(s) approached a victim walking in the area, and fired several shots in the persons direction, before immediately fleeing the area on foot. A Police K-9 unit was deployed, but was not able to locate an offender in the area.  One male was physically injured as a result of this offence and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. A number of collateral items of property such as vehicles and fence lines were also damaged. 

While it is early in the investigation, all indications are that the person was specifically targeted, and as such at this time there is there is no general public safety risk.

The MHPS Major Crime Section will continue the investigation and is asking that anyone with information that could assist the investigation to contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 -222-8477 (TIPS). 

Tips may also be submitted (anonymously if preferred) through the MHPS Mobile App, which is free and available to download for both Apple and Android devices by searching ‘Medicine Hat Police Service’ on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.


Media Contact:
S/Sgt Darren Lole 
Major Crime Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8421


Grandparent Scam

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) is again receiving reports of a scam circulating in the community.

The “Emergency Scam” (sometimes called the “Grandparent Scam”) is not new, but unfortunately there are individuals in our community who are attempting the scam and MHPS would like to remind the community to be aware of this fraud and to warn their relatives.

Traditionally, fraudsters contact potential victims while posing as a family member or friend in urgent need of cash. Often the scenario involves an accident or arrest while travelling abroad, with a request that cash be sent through a money transfer company, such as Western Union or Money Gram.

In the typical scenario, a grandparent receives a phone call from a con-artist pretending to be their grandchildren. The caller will sometime say that they are in trouble, usually a car accident, returning from a foreign country, or even in jail and need money immediately.

Victims don't verify the story until after the money has been sent as the caller specifically asks “Can you please help me? I'm in jail (or in the hospital / or in some type of financial need). But don't tell Dad. He would kill me if he found out, please sent the money ASAP. I'm scared". Wanting to help their grandchild, the victim sends the money requested. Variations on the scam are an old neighbor, a friend of the family etc. but predominantly the emergency scam is directed toward the Grandparents.

If you or someone you know has received such a request for money, take measures to verify the requestor’s identity and the legitimacy of their story before you complete the transaction. If you have fallen victim to this scam, and have not already reported it, please contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481.


World Police and Fire Games

The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) will be held in Winnipeg, MB from July 28 to August 6, 2023. The WPFG is an Olympic-style competition with more than 8,500 athletes, representing 50 countries, will be competing in over 60 unique sports. The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) is proud to have three officers participating this year, Constables Lisa Gervais, Mitch Young and Garreth MacPherson.

Cst. Gervais had the opportunity to participate in the WPFG last year in Europe where she placed third in the CrossFit competition. During that first year, Lisa created many long-lasting friendships, and she is looking forward to reconnecting with them at the 2023 games. Thrilled by the overwhelming support she received from the service and community last year, Lisa is excited to once again have the opportunity to represent the MHPS. Competing with a few of her colleagues who have all spent a considerable amount of time training to participate and she excited to leave it all out of the competition floor.

Cst. Young will be competing in the Toughest Competitor Alive event which consists of eight tests of overall fitness. He is very excited by the opportunity to represent the community of Medicine Hat and the MHPS and is most looking forward to meeting other competitors from around the world.

Cst. MacPherson will be competing in CrossFit. He is also looking forward to meeting fellow competitors from all over the world and representing MHPS!

All of us at the MHPS are bursting with pride for each of them. In addition to being incredible athletes they are all dedicated officers who provide that same effort and focus into serving and protecting our community. Please join us in wishing them good luck during their events! We hope you have a wonderful time at the Games, and we know that all of your hard work and dedication will pay off! Good luck!

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


Unauthorized Use of a Computer

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Criminal Investigation Section (CIS), in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, has charged a former MHPS detention guard with unauthorized use of a computer.

The accused who was employed by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at the time of the offence worked in detention facility of the MHPS and is alleged to have accessed private information for reasons that were not work-related.

It is believed that the accused conducted over 100 searches of police databases between 2022 and 2023, in an attempt to access information that was not required for a valid work-related purpose.

A MHPS Supervisor became aware of the breach and immediately notified the CIS. An investigation was launched and the guard’s access to the MHPS facility and information were immediately removed while the investigation was ongoing and will now be permanent.

Resulting from this investigation, Teagan Austin, 20-years-old, of Medicine Hat, AB has been charged with one count of fraudulent use of a computer.

“The MHPS does not take it for granted that we are entrusted with private and often very sensitive information about the people we serve. This is a responsibility we take very seriously, and it is completely unacceptable for any officer or civilian employee to accesses private information without a valid reason” said Alan Murphy, MHPS Chief of Police.

The law and MHPS policies only permit employees to access private information for police business. Database searches and network activity are tracked with certain activities being flagged automatically for review. All employees and contractors within MHPS who require computer systems access are also required to pass enhanced security checks before getting access to databases with private information.

The MHPS has notified the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of the breaches and does not have any reason to suspect the information was shared for any financial gain.

Anyone concerned that their information may have been accessed is asked to contact the MHPS by e-mail at

This information is being released in the interest of public transparency.


B&E/Theft Over $5,000

On July 9 at approximately 4:45 AM, unknown persons committed a break and enter to store located in the 500 block of Rutherford Street NW, by smashing through the front entry glass door and windows.

Once inside, the suspects stole cash from a register as well as used a vehicle to assist in removing an ATM.

The suspects were driving a blue Dodge Ram half ton truck believed to be stolen from a previous incident.

The investigation is still ongoing, and the Medicine Hat Police Service is asking anyone with information that could assist the investigation to call 403-529-8400.

Media Contact:

Patrol Staff Sergeant
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8461


Update on Suspicious Device

The investigation into the suspicious package found behind a business in the 600 block of Clay Avenue on June 23, 2023 has determined it to be spent fireworks. It is believed to have been inadvertently left as garbage and not deliberately placed to cause fear. There is no continuing investigation, and the matter is now concluded.


Traffic Advisory: OD Escort June 27

The Medicine Hat Police Service Traffic Unit will be conducting an Over Dimensional Load Escort on June 27, 2023 starting at 9:00 am from a business in the Southwest Industrial area of Medicine Hat to Hwy #1 westbound.  The movement of this load with cause delays in the Southwest Industrial area and Hwy #1 in both the east and west bound lanes of travel due to counterflowing of the load. Please avoid this area if possible, and please obey all directions given by the police and pilot vehicles.


Leadership Legacy Scholarships

On June 24, 2023, twenty-two local Grade 6 students received scholarships from the Chief Earl Leadership Legacy Fund. The Fund was established in 2008 to celebrate Chief Earl’s contributions to the community and to honor his memory.

Each year, elementary schools identify students from within the local school districts who have demonstrated the qualities of future leaders based on the four core values of the Medicine Hat Police Service, with an additional focus on leadership and citizenship. Since its inception, and as of today, 231 students have been recognized.

The fund is administered through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta with sponsorship from the Medicine Hat Safe Community Association and Medicine Hat Police Association. Parents of the scholarship recipients are encouraged to place the awards into an existing or newly opened Registered Educational Savings Plan.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education Recipients: (6)

  • Mother Teresa School: Angela Payas
  • St. Michael’s School: Nash Osman
  • St. Francis Xavier School: Addyson Darr
  • St. Louis School: Jemma Walers
  • Ecole St John Paull II: Layla Bell
  • Notre Dame Academy: Andreana Wright

Charter/Private School Recipients: (2)

  • Ecole Les Cypres: Jaana Tahirou
  • CAPE School: Mahleo Gayle

Medicine Hat School District No. 76 Recipients: (14)

  • Crestwood School: Kennady Lambert
  • Ross Glen School: Colin Peterson
  • Connaught School: Jillian Dyck
  • Dr Roy Wilson Learning Centre: Lennox Berner
  • Webster Niblock School: Daphne Baron
  • Vincent Massey School: Grace Woodworth
  • River Heights School: Fiona Jennings
  • Herald School: Hanna Lee
  • George Davison School: Liam Johansen
  • Elm Street School: Dana Ponce
  • Dr Ken Sauer: Avery Ottenbreit
  • Southview School: Brooklyn Johnson
  • Medicine Hat Christian School: Nic Brost
  • Hub: Hailey Johnson

Media Contact:
Sgt Adam Gregory
Community Support Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8451