MVC Injury

On June 23, 2020 at 9:45 AM members of the Medicine Hat Police Service, EMS and Fire Service attended to the 4000 block of 13 Avenue SE for a reported collision between a motor vehicle and a cyclist.

The investigation revealed that a 2014 Chevrolet Impala was travelling north bound on 13 Avenue SE at a low rate of speed. The vehicle slowed down even further as it approached a marked cross walk occupied by a pedestrian crossing from east to west.

As the driver’s attention was on the pedestrian as they exited the cross walk, a 12-year-old boy rode his bicycle into the cross walk from the east side of the road intending to go west as well. The young cyclist came into the path of the north bound vehicle resulting in a low speed collision.

The 12 year old boy was transported to hospital by EMS for treatment of minor injuries.

The investigation has concluded and there will be no charges.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Trevor Humphries
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8461


Assault with a Weapon

On June 17, 2020 at approximately 10:45 PM members of the Medicine Hat Police Service responded to a report of a dispute in the area of Sundown Road SW. The complainant advised that a male had been assaulted with a baseball bat, was badly injured, and required medical attention. Police and EMS attended the scene and located the 33-year-old male victim. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police investigation revealed that a 20-year-old male had fled the area prior to police arrival.

Further investigation by MHPS resulted in grounds for an arrest warrant for a 20 year old Medicine Hat man identified as Chandler Messenger. Messenger is described as 5’9 (175cm), 180lbs (82kg) with hazel eyes and brown hair. Messenger is wanted for Assault with a Weapon, Assault causing Bodily Harm and Mischief Under $5,000.

Police are asking for anyone who has information on Chandler Messenger’s location to call (403)529-8481.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Trevor Humphries
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph; 403-529-8461


Train vs Motor Vehicle Collision

On June 23, 2020 at approximately 0155hrs MHPS received a report of a train versus vehicle collision on the railway tracks in the open field near the 1200 block of 12 Street North West. Prior to police arrival, CP Rail advised that there were no occupants in the Dodge Durango at the time of the crash, this was as confirmed by MHPS upon their arrival following an area search. The Durango sustained extensive damage beyond repair and the reason the vehicle was in this location is still under investigation. This file has been turned over to the Canadian Pacific Police Service as it falls in their jurisdiction. MHPS and CP Police would like to caution all persons from going near the railway for obvious safety reasons.

As a reminder to pedestrians and motorists, it is an offence to operate a motor vehicle on park land contrary to Medicine Hat municipal bylaw. Additionally, it is against the law to enter railway property as specified under the Railway Safety Act and the Petty Trespass Act.
Patrol Staff Sergeant


Reporting Problem Residences

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) recognizes that the presence of drug trafficking, and the trafficking of stolen property, especially in our neighborhoods, is a public safety concern and unacceptable. Members of the community can assist police by reporting suspicious behavior for police follow up and investigation. All reports of suspected criminal activity are taken seriously and several warrants are executed each month resulting in arrests.

The following are common signs of suspicious or illegal drug activity. Observing one of the following does not always signal illegal activity, but if they occur frequently or together, a problem may exist.

Signs to watch for include:

  • Residents that are rarely seen, distant or secretive
  • Frequent visitors and unusual traffic at odd times of the day or night
  • People repeatedly visiting the property, who only go to the door for short durations
  • Residents who regularly meet vehicles near the property for short periods.
  • Presence of drug paraphernalia (NOTE: Safelink – HIV Community Link in Southeastern Alberta has a needle debris hotline that you can call or text the location of the needle or debris and their outreach team will come to pick it up and safely dispose of it. This service is available Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm by calling or texting (403) 866- 4698)

If you suspect you may be living next to a drug house, the following are some things you can do to mitigate the problem:

  • Zero Tolerance. Contact the MHPS for any violations of the law you encounter including; excessive noise, unsightly yard, dogs at large, parking violations, noisy parties, noisy vehicles, driving complaints, open liquor on the street, fights etc. These types of lesser offences often go hand-in-hand with criminal activity. The more attention a criminal receives from Police and Bylaw Enforcement, the more likely they are to move on.

The MHPS cannot enter a residence to search for drugs or people without a warrant authorizing them to do so. This only granted if a judge is convinced that there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe a criminal act is taking place. You can help police form their grounds by keeping detailed notes of dates, times, license plates and other information that help show illegal activity is taking place.

When a problem property is identified and there is enough supporting evidence to act, the MHPS will work closely with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Unit to hold owners accountable for activity taking place on their property and supports landlords by helping them remove problem tenants who disrupt neighbourhoods and destroy property. SCAN can apply to the courts for a Community Safety Order (CSO) that calls for owners to meet a number of conditions, or for the property to be closed for up to 90 days.

If you are suspicious about a property in your neighborhood, do not investigate it yourself or approach the occupants. Contact the MHPS call center at 403-529-8481 or SCAN at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226). Tips may also be submitted via 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:

Inspector Brent Secondiak
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8412


Weapon Seizure

On the morning of June 19, 2020 the Medicine Hat police responded to a weapons complaint.  During the course of the investigation members seized a conducted energy weapon (commonly referred to as a taser).  As a result of the investigation a 41 year old male has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.   


Motor Vehicle Collision

Motor Vehicle Collision

On The afternoon of June 18th at about 4:30 pm the Medicine Hat Police responded to Saamis Drive NW for a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle collision involving a motorbike.  The investigation revealed that a 23 year old male had lost control of his motorbike after striking an object on the roadway.  The male driver sustained only minor injuries and the damages are estimated at about $4000. 


Male Charged with Assault & Taking Vehicle

At approximately 6:00 AM on June 18, 2020 members of the Medicine Hat Police Service were called to the 1000 block of Balmoral Street SE in relation to a dispute. The complainant advised that a 20-year-old male subject had taken a motor vehicle without consent and when confronted about the situation had brandished a knife. Police attended to the area and located the subject in the area of 1100 block 5 Street SE.

When officers confronted the accused they noticed the handle of the knife protruding from the subject’s front pocket. When the subject was approached by police he pulled the knife from his pocket. After several verbal commands to drop the knife the subject complied and was arrested.

This matter is still under investigation and the male is facing charges of; Assault with a Weapon, Take Motor Vehicle without Consent and Utter Threats.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Ryan Thorburn
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph; 403-529-8461


Fraud Prevention Reminder

Since April 1st,2020 the Medicine Hat Police Service has received 19 reports from local residents impacted by fraud and scam attempts. The calls that have been trending in Medicine Hat are:

• Canada Revenue Agency Scam

The caller will identify themselves as being from the Canada Revenue Agency and accuse the person of owing money and will also make threats to have the person arrested and charged.

The scammer will direct the person to purchase Google Play or iTunes gift cards to pay off their debt and instruct them to call back with the serial numbers. The cards will then be used by the scammer to sell on the black market.

SIN Compromised

The caller will identify themselves as a police officers and advise the victim that their Social Insurance Number (SIN) has been compromised and is linked to numerous police files involving money laundering. Victims are told that the police are on their way if they do not verify information and transfer money. Victims are asked to provide their full name, date of birth and SIN number to complete the verification and often the call is placed on hold numerous times to confuse the victim. Victims are advised that in order to protect the money in the bank account, they need to withdraw it and deposit it into a bitcoin account and then an officer would attend to supply them with a new social insurance number.

To protect against these common frauds, it is important to remain vigilant and NEVER provide personal or financial information over the phone. Likewise, never comply with an unsolicited phone caller who demands payment in gift cards.


• The CRA will never call and threaten to have you arrested for not paying your taxes.

• The CRA will never ask for payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards.

• If you are contacted and told you owe money, always confirm with the CRA directly. Look up the phone number online and do not use the call back number that the caller has provided. Do not trust your call display. It may say Police or ABC but in reality it is a scammer.

• If your workplace sells gift cards, be on the lookout for potential victims and inform them about this scam. Victims may seem stressed and agitated and purchasing a large amount of gift cards.

If you or someone you know is a victim of the CRA scam or any other fraud contact the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8481 to report.

Due to the extremely high volume of fraudulent call attempts, if you have received a fraudulent call but are not a victim (meaning you have not shared your personal information, bank information, and have not made any payment) then there is no need to report or contact police

For more information about these and other common frauds and scams visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Media Contact:
Sgt Darlene Garrecht
Community Safety Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8451


Three Charged with Drug Offences

Three Medicine Hat residents have been charged with drug and property offences following an investigation completed by the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Regional Property Crime Unit (RPCU).

On June 9, 2020, police concluded a short-term investigation with a search warrant executed at residence located in the 400 block of 5 Street SW. The RPCU previously executed a search warrant at this residence on January 31, 2020. That investigation resulted in a number of accused being charged with drug and stolen property offences.

Both investigations originated from complaints submitted by community members concerned with suspected drug related activity occurring at the residence, as well as from information gathered from police proactive patrol activity.

The following items were seized during this search of the property:

  • 10 grams of methamphetamine and evidence of trafficking;
  • A small amount of Fentanyl;
  • A prohibited stun gun disguised as a flashlight;
  • $1,000 proceeds of crime cash;
  • Numerous items of stolen property including; tools, bicycles, and cheques;
  • $100 in counterfeit currency;
  • 24 packages of black market cigarettes

As a result of this investigation the following people were charged:

Roger Bachmeier, 41-years-old, charged with one count each of; possession for the purpose of trafficking meth, possession of Fentanyl, possession of a prohibited weapon, operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited, possession of stolen property, and possession of counterfeit money. As well as four counts of failing to comply with a release order. Bachmeier was released on bail and scheduled to appear in court on July 23, 2020.

Robert Brandon Smith, 34-years-old, charged with one count each of; possession for the purpose of trafficking meth and possession of Fentanyl. Smith was released on bail and scheduled to appear in court on July 23, 2020.

Jacqueline Dopp, 41-years-old charged with one count each of; possession for the purpose of trafficking meth and possession of the proceeds of crime. Dopp was released on bail and schedule to appear in court on July 22, 2020.

The RPCU and MHPS Patrol Section will continue to monitor this residence and address concerns as they arise.

Members of the community who suspect drug, gang or property crime issues in their neighborhood can submit tips anonymously through the MHPS mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Media Contact:

SSgt Cory Both
Community Safety Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-581-1056