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Police Auction

The Medicine Hat Police Service will be holding an auction sale on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in the parking lot across from the main building.

There will be a variety of items for sale including; bikes, tools, household items and décor. To view some of the items for sale visit www.gwacountry.com. Viewing starts at 8 AM and the auction will begin at 9:00 AM.

Payment by credit card, debit and cash accepted. Persons are responsible for pick up of purchased items at time of sale.

Media Contact:

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

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Increase in Vehicle Thefts

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) has noted an increase in the number of stolen trucks reported over the last 30 days, with Ford F250 and F350 being reported as stolen more frequently.

The majority of stolen vehicles are recovered within a short period of time and most vehicle thefts are simply a crime of opportunity, with criminals taking advantage of an easy target and using the vehicle to aid in committing other crimes such as; break and enters, robberies and drug trafficking.

There are several ways to minimize the chance of vehicle theft including:

  • Do not leave your vehicle running. Under no circumstances should you leave your vehicle unattended while running with the keys in the ignition.
  • Lock your vehicle. Close the windows and sunroof all the way. Where possible, leave your vehicle in a locked garage and lock your vehicle even when it is in the locked garage.
  • No spare keys. Do not leave a spare key hidden in the vehicle. Thieves look for spare keys and once they break into your vehicle, they know all of the hiding spots.
  • Do not leave items visible in your vehicle. This includes; parcels, cell phones, GPS devices, laptops, clothing or money. Thieves can be attracted to your car because of personal items left in plain sight.
  • Be aware of where you park. Park in well-lit parking lots or on a street with lots of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This will help to deter car thieves.

The MHPS recommends that Ford truck owners (2005-2008 models) take extra precaution, as the vehicles are being stolen using common tools. Extra precautions would include; installing an alarm system, steering wheel locking system or other anti-theft devices.

The members of the MHPS are working diligently to apprehend and charge known offenders. However, successfully charging and prosecuting offenders does not remove the cost and inconvenience to the victim of vehicle theft and higher insurance costs for all vehicle owners.

Observant residents are also another important part of preventing vehicle theft. Report suspicious behavior in your neighborhood by calling the MHPS at 403-529-8481 or 9-1-1 if you see a crime in progress.

Media Contact:

Insp Brent Secondiak
Operations Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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Public Assistance Requested

During the night of June 3, 2019 unknown person(s) caused damage to several vehicles in the Crescent Heights area of Medicine Hat. The Medicine Hat Police Service received 12 reports of vehicles with tires punctured, causing in excess of $1,800 damage to vehicles located in the northeast and northwest areas around Division Avenue North. Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8481 or submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
 

Media Contact:
Acting S/Sgt Brian Bohrn
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8461

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Male Facing Charges following Forcible Entry with Weapons

On June 3, 2019 at approximately 8:00 AM members of the Medicine Hat Police Service responded a residence on Anson Ave SW for a report of a male breaking into a home, armed with edged weapons.

Upon police arrival, the suspect confronted officers with the weapons and demanded that police shoot him. Crisis negotiations were initiated with the male, who continued to challenge police before a Taser and one round of the Arwen Ace was deployed to temporarily incapacitate the male. The suspect began to fight and resist as police executed his arrest. The suspect was taken into custody by several officers, and then transported to hospital for assessment and treatment of his injuries.

The male will be held in police custody to await a judicial interim bail hearing on the following changes; Forcible Entry, Possess Weapon Dangerous, Assault, Forcible Confinement, Utter Threats, Mischief and Resist Arrest.

The matter remains under investigations, but has determined that the resident of the home, who has been provided with support from Victim Services, has a previous relationship with the male.

This type of crisis could have lead to a potential lethal force confrontation for police. In 2018, the MHPS initiated the Patrol Arwen-Ace Program to equip front line officers with this tool as another force option before resorting to a firearm. Today’s event is a great example of how the Arwen Ace force option prevented the need to utilize a firearm to stop the threat.

Media Contact

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

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MHPS Open House

On Saturday, June 8, 2019 the Medicine Hat Police Service will be opening our doors to the community from 11 AM to 3:00 PM. This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the MHPS and its operations through information and displays, a demonstration by a K9 team and building tours.

In coordination with the open house, the Medicine Hat Safe Community Association will be hosting a BBQ from 11 am until 2 pm in recognition of 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. The fund is administered through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta and each year recognizes Grade 6 students that have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. Each year, elementary schools identify students from within the local school districts who have demonstrated the qualities of future community leaders. Parents of the scholarship recipients are encouraged to place the awards into an existing or newly opened Registered Educational Savings Plan. Since its inception in 2008, the Chief Earl Leadership Legacy Fund has awarded 128 local students with scholarships. This year 21 additional student will be presented with awards.

There is no charge to attend this event and no need to pre-register.

Media Contact:

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

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Female Charged in Connection to Counterfeit Currency / Drugs & Stolen Property

During the week of May 20, 2019, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Priority Street Crimes Unit received information about a local female producing counterfeit US currency. A short-term investigation was initiated, resulting in a search warrant being executed at a Medicine Hat residence on May 24, 2019. Approximately $2200 in US currency was seized, along with a small amount methamphetamine and fentanyl (street value estimated at $400) and a significant amount of stolen documents.

Resulting from this investigation, Jessica Peterson, 35 years old, of Medicine Hat, Alberta has been charged with; 24 Criminal Offences, including Possession of Counterfeit Currency, Possession of Methamphetamine/Fentanyl, Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000.

Peterson was held for a bail hearing and subsequently released with several conditions. Peterson’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 6, 2019 in Medicine Hat Provincial Court.

Media Contact

S/Sgt Brian Christmann
Community Safety Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-581-1056

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Non Suspicious Death of Female

On May 27, 2019 at approximately 3:30 AM, members of the Medicine Hat Police Service, along with Emergency Medical Services personnel, responded to a report of an unconscious female who was located trapped in the opening of a charitable donation bin.

The 39-year-old female was unresponsive and determined to be deceased at the scene. The initial police investigation into the death has determined it to be accidental and the Alberta Coroners Office will continue the investigation to determine the exact cause of death.

The MHPS has reached out to local social service agencies, who work with vulnerable populations, to advise their clients of potential dangers associated with entering the charitable donation bins.

The MHPS offers condolences to the family of the deceased.

Media Contact:

Inspector Joe West
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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Cannabis Legislation Quick Reference Guide

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) has created a quick reference guide highlighting important sections from both the Federal and Provincial legislation relating to cannabis.

Recreational cannabis use was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018 when the Cannabis Act came into force. Provinces and territories were assigned the responsibility of establishing rules and regulations around how cannabis is stored, possession limits, minimum age and restricting where cannabis may be used in public. In Alberta, the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act provides the laws relating to the consumption and transportation of cannabis.

Appreciating this legislation has been in place for less than one year, and that there are variations between provinces which can be confusing, the MHPS quick reference guide is intended to highlight some important components of the new law for residents of Medicine Hat.

“Since cannabis was legalized there have been minimal issues or concerns reported” says Inspector Joe West with the MHPS. “As cannabis becomes more commercially available using the guide will help clarify the legislation to avoid misunderstanding.”

To view the MHPS Quick Reference Guide click here.

Media Contact:
Insp Joe West
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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Investigation into Suspicious Package

On May 21, 2019, at approximately 9:11 AM the Medicine Hat Police Service received a call from Crescent Heights High School (CHHS) regarding a suspicious package that was located by staff near a parking lot on campus. Police responded and confirmed that the device had the appearance of an Improvised Explosive Device. CHHS enacted a “Shelter in Place” protocol to assure the safety of students and nearby residents were asked to shelter in place as well. The MHPS Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) responded to CHHS and rendered the device safe with use of the Remote Mobile Investigator.

The initial investigation has concluded that the device was not an explosive device and not capable of causing harm.

The Major Crimes Section has determined the origin of the device and will continue to investigate the intent of its placement but at this time do not believe there is any further safety concern to the community.

Media Contact:

Insp Joe West
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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Female Charged with Drug Offences

On May 16, 2019, the Medicine Hat Police Service Priority Street Crime Team concluded an investigation that led to the arrest of a female from Medicine Hat who was in possession of approximately 85.2 grams of Cocaine and 28 grams of Fentanyl. Total street value of the drugs estimated at $23,000. Also a small sum of cash was seized from the accused.

Nicole HELLER, 36yrs old has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking X 3, Proceeds of Crime and Breach of Probation.

Heller has been remanded into custody with her next court appearance scheduled for May 23, 2019.

 

Media Contact

S/Sgt Brian Christmann
Community Safety Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-581-1056

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