Police Cadet Recruitment02.03.23
The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) wants you to become a member of our team! We have an exciting opportunity for you to join a dedicated group of police professionals, serving and protecting our community with pride. As a member of the MHPS you will be part of a progressive, thriving organization, and in Medicine Hat you will find an exceptionally high quality of life with a comparatively low cost of living.
The MHPS is currently seeking applicants for the position of police constable. Applicants selected from this process will be sworn in as police cadets and commence 20 weeks of police recruit training at the MHPS starting in early 2024.
The Police Officer Cadet Training Program is accredited by Lethbridge College (LC) and follows standards set forth by the Alberta Justice & Solicitor General’s office. Upon successful completion of the training, LC will award graduates of the training with a Credential of Academic Achievement in Police Recruit Training, documented by an official parchment and transcript. Additionally, some cadets will be selected for immediate employment as a police constable with the MHPS, while the remaining cadets will be shortlisted for consideration, should additional vacancies arise over the following year.
If you are ready for an exciting and rewarding career in law enforcement, in one of the most beautiful cities in Canada visit mhps.ca for more information about the MHPS and this exciting opportunity.
If you want to learn more, members of the MHPS Recruitment Team will be hosting an information session on March 15, 2023, at 7 PM in the MHPS Community Boardroom. Members of the Recruitment Team will be available to answer questions related to the required qualifications and standards as well as the application process. Additionally, a virtual information session will be held on March 20, 2023, at 7 PM. Email Recruiting@mhps.ca to register for either session.
Application deadline is June 1, 2023.
Administrative Services Manager
Medicine Hat Police Service
Fraud Prevention Month02.03.23
March 2023 marks the 19th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, a month-long crime prevention initiative aimed at educating and informing consumers and the community on how to recognize, report, and stop fraud.
Each year, thousands of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life are defrauded, costing Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Medicine Hat citizens are part of these statistics.
According to recent data released by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, over $530 million in losses were reported in 2022, and that it is estimated that only 5% to 10% of victims of fraud report to the CAFC. The Medicine Hat Police Service responded to 470 calls for service related to frauds last year.
Consumers have a role to play in stopping fraud by arming themselves with the facts and reporting fraud when they encounter it. Recognizing fraud is the first step to better protecting yourself. It is important for consumers to remain vigilant and aware of the many different types of fraud scams out there as they are ever changing, and new trends are always emerging.
Throughout the month, the Medicine Hat Police Service Community Support Unit will be sharing information on how to recognize and stop from falling victim to common frauds and scams. This week will focus on online scams and fraud, which are among the most frequently reported.
Scammers will sometimes take advantage of online marketplaces to sell items they don’t possess. Typically, they will request a down payment or full payment up front and then the item is never provided to the purchaser. In some cases, scammers will present people with employment or investment opportunities that are very appealing but require a fee first before reaping the rewards. This fee may be requested in the form of an e-transfer, code from a gift card or another online currency.
With the emergence of crypto currencies, fraudsters have been given another tool to attempt to commit fraud with. Crypto currencies are a type of currency without government or bank control. This has made it increasingly difficult for people to contact someone directly to confirm that a transaction is legitimate.
In general, most companies will not request payment for goods or services in the form of gift card codes, or deposits into crypto currencies. As many of the scammers are not located in Canada, once the money is transferred it is extremely difficult to investigate and hold anyone accountable.
Other traditional scams will use mass marketing or phishing scams and lure victims through investment opportunities in crypto currency. The fraudsters will either have victims purchase crypto currency and send it as an investment or send the fraudster real money for them to purchase crypto currency. Either way once the fraudster receives the funds the victim will never see a return.
Remember, if an investment opportunity comes out of the blue and appears to be too good to be true, it likely is. Always be vigilant, ensure you trust the person or company that you are investing your money with, and research the crypto currency yourself to understand how it works and before getting involved with it.
If you are ever concerned that something is not legitimate, do not engage and always remember that government agencies such as the Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Border Service Agency will never ask for gift cards or bitcoin as a form of payment.
For more information on common frauds and scams visit the Canada Anti-Fraud Centre website
Sgt Adam Gregory
Community Support Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
The Traffic Unit will be assisting with an Over Dimensional Load escort today March 2, 2023 at 9:00 am.
The OD Load will be coming from Bromley Mechanical (925 25 St. SW) to Highway #1 (Redcliff) west town limits. The southwest industrial area and both the highway #1 west and east bound lanes will be impacted by the movement of the equipment.
Please try to avoid this area if possible, if not able to avoid the area please obey all police officer and pilot vehicle directions.
Request for Public Assistance16.02.23
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who shared. Police have confirmed the child is OK. No further action required or information will be released.
On February 16, 2023, at 4:50 PM the Medicine Hat Police Service received a report from a concerned person who observed an adult male occupant of a maroon-colored van grab a young female and pull her into the van that was in the 0 block of 8 Street SE of Medicine Hat, AB.
The female is described as Caucasian, approximately 12 years old, with light brown hair and wearing black shorts and t-shirt. The van is described as maroon in colour and possibly a Chrysler mini van. It is unknown at this time if the female was known to the male.
While the Medicine Hat Police Service has not received a missing person report for a person matching the description of the female, police are currently seeking information from the public that could assist in this investigation. Anyone who observed this event or can identify the persons involved, is asked to contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481.
S/Sgt Rod Thompson
Medicine Hat Police Service
Operation Cold Start31.01.23
Operation Cold Start, a province-wide initiative aimed at reducing cases of auto theft during the colder months, when often vehicles are stolen while they are left idling. While it can be tempting to start your vehicle and leave it running to ensure it is warm before you set our on your drive, it only takes seconds for thieves to take advance of the opportunity to steal a vehicle.
“Auto theft is a serious national problem that threatens public safety and continues to affect our local communities,” says Sid Kingma, Director, Western Canada, Équité Association – a not-for-profit organization that partners with law enforcement and Canadian insurers to fight insurance fraud and protect Canadians through advanced analytics, intelligence best practices, and coordinated investigations.
To further assist Albertans, below are some tips to help keep their vehicles safe:
• Use a remote starter or stay with your vehicle as it warms up
• Remember that push button equipped vehicles can still be driven without the key present.
• Never leave your keys inside your vehicle
• Don’t leave a running vehicle unattended
• Never leave children or pets inside a vehicle
• Use a steering wheel lock
• Keep your vehicle locked at all times
• Remove garage door openers from your vehicle
Drug & Weapons Offences30.01.23
Proactive patrols led to a significant seizure of Fentanyl and methamphetamine.
On January 28, 2023, at approximately 3:15 AM a member of the Medicine Hat Police Service Patrol Section was patrolling in the area of Redcliff Drive SW and conducted a traffic stop. The lone male driver, identified as John Elford, was found to be in breach of a pre-trial release condition. Elford, age 52, of Edmonton, AB was subsequently taken into custody and a further investigation of the vehicle resulted in a seizure of the following drugs and weapons:
- 2,972 grams of Fentanyl
- 83.84 grams of methamphetamine
- 2 rifles
- 1 semi-automatic shot gun
- $3,185 cash
A Judicial Interim Release Hearing was held where Elford was charged with the following offences:
- Three counts of breach of release conditions
- Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Fentanyl
- Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Methamphetamine
- Six counts of firearms related offences
- Proceeds of Crime
Elford was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court on January 31,2023.
The street value of the Fentanyl seized is estimated at $594,000 and is the largest single seizure of the illicit drug in Medicine Hat to date. More importantly, the removal of these dangerous substances from the street will have a positive impact on community safety. It is estimated that 1 gram of Fentanyl equates to 10 doses to the average drug user, meaning that this seizure has removed approximately 29,720 doses of Fentanyl from our community. The estimated dosage rates are derived from police investigators deemed by the Courts as experts in the field of drug consumption rates specific to Fentanyl.
“This file highlights once again the value of patrol officers having the time and training to conduct proactive policing initiatives such as traffic stops,” says MHPS Inspector Brent Secondiak. “While this person was not from our community, we recognize that due to our geographic location there can be large quantities of illicit drugs passing through the city. We commend this officer for the diligent investigation conducted which has had a significant, positive impact on community safety. Job well done!”
Administrative Services Manager
Medicine Hat Police Service
Firearms, Stolen Property Recovered26.01.23
Various firearms and weapons have been seized from a home in Cypress County following an investigation into stolen property by ALERT Medicine Hat’s regional property crime unit.
In December 2022, ALERT began investigating a report of a stolen recreational vehicle and trailer. The theft occurred in the Redcliff area and ALERT worked with the Medicine Hat Police Service and Redcliff RCMP.
The stolen recreational vehicle, worth approximately $27,000, was later located on a property in Cypress County. A search warrant was executed on the property on January 4, 2023, and the following items were seized:
• 2013 Polaris RZR 900;
• Two crossbows;
• Six rifles;
• Three shotguns; and
• Various rounds of ammunition.
One of the firearms had its serial number defaced. ALERT is conducting a follow-up investigation to determine how they were acquired.
“These weapons had all been left in plain sight, stored carelessly throughout the garage. Some of the guns our officers seized were also found loaded, which could have been a very dangerous situation if they had ended up in the wrong hands,” said Acting S/Sgt. David Gornisiewicz, ALERT Medicine Hat.
The suspect is bound by two firearms prohibition, including a lifetime ban on possession of a firearm, crossbow, restricted weapons, ammunition or explosive substances.
Denver Ailsby, 44-years old of Cypress County, was at his home on the property at the time and was taken into custody without incident. He is facing a total of 61 charges, including:
• Possession of stolen property over $5,000;
• Possess firearm alter / deface serial number;
• Breaching prohibition order (10 year) x13;
• Breaching prohibition order (lifetime) x13;
• Possession of firearm without license x10;
• Careless storage of firearm x11; and
• Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public x12.
Ailsby has been released and is awaiting a court date scheduled for January 31, 2023.
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
Missing Person Update22.01.23
The Medicine Hat Police Service regrets to report that Jennifer Chemelli-Magnus, who was reported missing on December 30, 2022, was located deceased this morning. The investigation into her death is still ongoing, however it is considered a non-criminal matter and no further information will be released.
We offer our condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time. The MHPS would also like to thank everyone who assisted with the search for Jennifer.
S/Sgt Jason Graham
Criminal Investigation Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Change of Command20.01.23
A change of command ceremony was held at the Medicine Hat Cypress Center this afternoon, and Alan Murphy was officially sworn in as the 24th Chief of the Medicine Hat Police Service. Chief Murphy had been acting as the Interim Chief of Police since October 12, 2022 and was permanently appointed to the position by the Medicine Hat Police Commission on December 5, 2022.
Prior to his appointment Chief Murphy previously served as a member of the Edmonton Police Service for over 27 years, where he demonstrated his abilities as seasoned leader throughout a successful and progressive policing career reaching the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.
The ceremony began with the MHPS Ceremonial Team, led by a piper marching in the Service Colours followed by the Medicine Hat College Girls’ Choir singing of the national anthem. Elder Charlie Fox of the Kainai Nation then offered a traditional blessing.
Chief Murphy then swore to and signed an oath of allegiance and office which was administered by Honourable Judge Ted Fischer. In Alberta, all police officers are required to swear and oath of allegiance and office. The oath provides the opportunity for an officer, to declare, under law, that they will execute their duties diligently, ethically, and with the highest level of integrity. Officers are required to complete this oath up to two times in their career, once as they begin their journey in law enforcement and again upon promotion to the position of Chief of Police. Completing the oath as the Chief serves as a reminder of the importance of policing fairly and without prejudice and maintaining the trust of the public.
During the ceremony remarks were provided by Medicine Hat Police Commission Chair Ted Rodych, City of Medicine Hat Mayor Linnsie Clark, Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Security and Director of Law Enforcement Marlin Degrand, and Member of Parliament Glen Motz.
Chief Murphy then expressed his appreciation for the opportunity and shared his top priorities for both the service and the community. Internally Chief Murphy spoke to an enhanced focus on wellness programming for police officers their families to address the impact of the trauma experienced in the execution of their duties serving the community. “Our members cannot effectively care of their community if they are also in need of care,” said Chief Murphy. Externally, Chief Murphy committed to “finding solutions to address the increased crime and disorder that is often linked to mental health and addiction issues in the community.” Appreciating that these complex social issues cannot be solved by a traditional police response alone, Chief Murphy pledged to work with community partners, social agencies, and all levels of government to find lasting solutions.
The ceremony was well attended with over 200 in attendance and was followed by a short reception.
Congratulations Chief Murphy and welcome to Medicine Hat! We look forward to your leadership of Medicine Hat Police Service.
Administrative Services Manager
Medicine Hat Police Service
Be the Change Award - Leah Fischer19.01.23
On March 8, 2022, 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 work to break the bias towards advancing gender equity. Each month the MHPS, in partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Association, selects a local individual(s) to highlight with the “Be The Change” award, and celebrate the achievements of these individuals who are catalysts for change in our community.
For the month of January, Leah Fischer was chosen as the recipient. Leah is a Registered Provisional Psychologist serving in Alberta. For the last 25 years, she has dedicated her time to helping individuals and families, most notably mothers and mothers-to-be, navigate difficult circumstances and issues to uncover their best life.
After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, Leah spent eight years facilitating rehabilitation with young offenders in Regina, SK. Following that, she began an 18-year career with a non-profit agency providing early intervention to young families. There she supported prenatal and postnatal knowledge attainment in attachment, child development, healthy families and eventually became the lead for the home-visitation team.
In 2016, Leah began her Masters in Counselling Psychology and focused her research on pre and post natal anxiety and depression. Today she remains passionate about women’s issues and provides support to women for miscarriages and infant loss.
Leah believes that ‘lived experience gives you passion and ability’ and draws from her own personal experience to support others. When raising her babies, Leah was living away from her extended family and found herself struggling to navigate motherhood without a support system. She recalls “feeling like she needed more”, an experience which fueled her passion to ensure that other new mothers were never left to feel alone.
Leah notes that despite research which confirms the significant challenges women face mental and physically as they enter motherhood, support systems are not as readily available to address these concerns as is commonplace for other illnesses such as heart disease. She also acknowledges the expectations often placed on woman to ‘bounce back’ after giving birth and exude a ‘Superwoman persona’ as being simply unrealistic. Women experiencing these changes need to know, ‘It is ok to not feel ok’ and when and where to seek out help.
Leah’s has a vision of creating a Women’s Institute of Health that would focus on assisting women in every stage of life. Doing so she feels would not only strengthen individual women, but also their families, their workforce and society as a whole. In the interim, Leah continues to offer her time to others through coaching, consultation, psychoeducation and psychotherapy.
Thank you Leah, for your passion and efforts to provide the utmost compassion, care and support to women in need throughout Medicine Hat and all of Alberta. We look forward to the day that your future visions come to fruition.
Upon receiving the award Leah shared the following message:
Thank you, Carissa and the MHPS. I am honored to represent women and be recognized among those that choose to make a difference. In the words of Maya Angelou, “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”
I have come from a long line of strong women that have demonstrated to me that adversity does not mean helplessness. Their struggles, and min, have shown me the depths of power of the female spirit. Women such as Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Tina Turner, Malala Yousafzai or an unknown Grace O’Malley that is said to have fought off an attack from Turkish pirates the day after giving birth, have shown us all examples that we can be challenged and persevere.
At the time of our struggles, it may seem that we are alone but that is something we must not accept as truth. Our experiences are common to many other women. When we share our stories, we all gain experience, and we find our strength together. By using all of our adversities and being the change, you wish to see in the world, women can change the experiences of those that come after us. I hope to do that with my work in our community.