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Canine Unit (K-9)

The Medicine Hat Police Service Canine (K9) Unit has been in operation since 1980 when it started with two police service dogs (PSD). The Unit expanded in 1985 to include 4 dogs and 4 handlers to allow for 24 hours per day, 7 days a week street coverage. 

The K9 team's primary purpose is to attend scenes of crimes that are in progress or that have just occurred, for example break and enters, theft from autos, assaults and robberies.  The ability of the PSD makes them ideal partners in many areas. The training of the dogs allows them to follow human scent and gives them the ability to track and locate suspects. The dogs are used to search and clear buildings where alarms have been received and it is suspected someone has illegally entered. The dogs can also locate evidence, which may be related to a crime. All of the dogs are cross-trained in the locating of narcotics. 

Dog handlers work only one dog and are responsible for them at all times. Dogs remain in the unit as long as they are able to perform the duties required of them. Once the dogs reach an age that they are no longer able to work, they are retired to their handler.



 



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Previous Medicine Hat Police Service Dogs Teams include:

1980-1987   PSD Bandit / Cst. Lou O'Reilly
1980-1986   PSD Smokey / Cst. Rob Siegmund
1984-1990   PSD Tracer / Cst. Andy McGrogan
1985-1991   PSD Ruger / Cst. Dave Brandrith
1986-1991   PSD Khan / Cst. Tim Petro
1987-1993   PSD Thor / Cst. Murray Morton
1988-1995   PSD Delta / Cst. Dave Crawford
1989-1996   PSD Behr / Cst. Mark Morin
1992-1997   PSD Jake / Cst. Dave Townsend
1993-1999   PSD Basco / Cst. Brian Christmann
1995-2001   PSD Teo / Cst. Tim Schottner
1996-2001   PSD Eros / Cst. Darcy Fox
1997-2005   PSD Nero / Cst. Gord Stull
1999-2003   PSD Sabre / Cst. Randy Teel
2001-2003   PSD Athos / Cst. Darcy Fox
2001-2007   PSD Rocky / Cst. Darcy Brandt
2003-2009   PSD Brix / Cst. Roger Page
2004-2007   PSD Zipo / Cst. Jason Ross
2004-2009   PSD Boris / Cst. Shawn Davis
2007-2014   PSD Reno / Cst. Jason Dola
2007-2011   PSD Rex / Cst. Jason Ross
2009-2015   PSD Duco / Cst. Clarke White
2011-2013   PSD Kato / Cst. Chris Schlenker
2011-2013   PSD Expo / Cst. Marc Seiller
2013-2016   PSD Larry / Cst. Chris Schlenker
2013-2017   PSD Elvis / Cst. Matt Sanders
2014-2017   PSD Finn / Cst. Marc Seiller
2016-2019  PSD Flint / Cst. Joel Pullman
2017-active  PSD Astor / Cst. Jason Ross
2019-active PSD Flint / Cst. Jason Dola
2020-active PSD Hutch / Cst Roger Page






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Publications

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Medicine Hat Police Service 2019-2022 Strategic Plan
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Medicine Hat Police Service Annual Reports
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View 2014 report
View 2013 report
View 2012 report
View 2011 report
View 2010 report
View 2009 report
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Medicine Hat Policing and Safety Surveys
View 2017 report
View 2014 report
View 2011 report
View 2008 report
View 2005 report

Collective Agreement
Collective Agreement between the Police Association and the City of Medicine Hat.
View Document here


City of Medicine Hat - Municipal Bylaws
View City Bylaws & Licenses for up to date information

Medicine Hat Police Service Diversity, Engagement and Inclusion Plan

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Forms and Applications

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CUSTOMER FEEDBACK AND COMPLAINTS

GENERAL FORMS

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        Police Information Check Application                    Police Recruiting Package 
        Police Extra Duty Contract                                    Police Extra Duty Contract 
        Community Boardroom Request form                   Community Boardroom Request Form 
                                                                                      Community Boardroom Terms and Conditions 

      

TRAFFIC FORMS

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       Permit to Move -Traffic                                          Permit to Move - Traffic  
       Parking Ticket Appeal Form                                  Parking Ticket Appeal Form

       Traffic Service Request 

                         

 BYLAW FORMS

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                                                                                    Bylaw Publications and Links 
       Alarm Systems Registration                                 Alarm Systems Registration Form 
                                                                                    Cat License Application Form 
                                                                                    Dog License Application Form 
                                                                                    City Bylaws and Licenses 

VICTIMS ASSISTANCE

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      Victim Impact Statement
      Restitution Statement
      Financial Benefits Application

      




      


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Internet Links

511 Alberta

Alberta Emergency Alerts

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams: ALERT

Alert Ready - Canadian Emergency Alert System

AMA Road Report

Alberta Queen's Printer

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC)

Canadian Police Information Centre

City of Medicine Hat

Cybertip.ca - Canada's National Tipline for Reporting the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

Medicine Hat Public School Board

Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education

Medicine Hat College

My Alberta eServices - Fine Payments


These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Medicine Hat Police Service of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Medicine Hat Police Service  bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.


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Contact Us

GENERAL INQUIRIES:
phone: (403) 529-8400
fax: (403) 529-8444
mhps@mhps.ca

MAILING ADDRESS: 
Medicine Hat Police Service
884 - 2 Street S.E.
Medicine Hat, AB
T1A 8H2

Hours of Operation:
Front counter services are available Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, closed all statutory holidays. Payment types accepted are cash, and debit. We also have an ATM machine available.

DIRECTORY: 
Emergency Number 9-1-1
Police / Bylaw Non-Emergency 403 529-8481
Bylaw Supervisor 403 529-8436
Major Crime Supervisor 403 529-8421
Family Crime Unit 403 529-8428
Community Safety Unit 403 529-8451
Crime Stoppers                                                                       
 1-800-222-(TIPS)8477
Crime Stoppers Coordinator
 403 529-8452
Desk Officer 403 529-8457
Drug Tip Line(24 hours) 403 502-8909
Information Processing Section 403 529-8417
Media Contact / Inquiries 403 529-8416
Office of the Chief 403 529-8410
Organized Crime Supervisor
 403 529-8448
Patrol Section Supervisor 403 529-8461
Photo Radar Supervisor 403 502-8921
Professional Standards Supervisor 403 502-8917
Recruiting Team Recruiting@mhps.ca
Training Unit 403 581-1067
Traffic Unit Supervisor 403 529-8471
Victim Assistance Supervisor 403 581-1054

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Calls For Service

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Calls For Service are any event occurring that requires an officer to attend and/or take some type of action.
The call type displayed may not correlate with the final case type once investigated.

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Drug Education

Living next to a drug house? Read more on the Medicine Hat Safe Community Website


 Marijuana

Characteristics

  • Common names: Chronic, weed, pot, gonja, 420 (unofficial pot day), cheeba
  • Active ingredient is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol
  • Dried bud of the plant is smoked and when ground up similar in appearance to Oregano
  • Smoked either rolled into a cigarette or glass/plastic pipe

Physical Effects

  • After smoking users calm, sleepy, labored movements and show signs of increased appetite
  • Similar physical side effects as smoking tobacco as similar chemicals produced such as tar, carbon monoxide, increased risk of cancer and heart attacks
  • Side effects include: Impaired coordination, decrease in problem solving ability and damage to both short & long term memory
  • Is mixed with other drugs such as meth, cocaine, and ecstasy

For more information go to: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

 Cocaine (powder)

Characteristics

  • Common names: powder, blow, snow, nose candy
  • White, pearly powder, strong kerosene or benzene odor
  • Powerful central nervous system stimulant which causes the release of dopamine (associated with pleasure & movement)
  • Either snorted through nose or dissolved in water and injected

Physical Effects

  • Since strong CNS stimulant users are often hyperactive, restless, have increased blood pressure and heart rates and euphoria
  • Side effects include: paranoia, twitching, hallucinations and the feeling of itchy skin
  • Overdose causes heart to stop and user dies
  • Highly addictive as it is a powerful stimulant

 Cocaine freebase

Characteristics

  • Common names: rock, crack
  • Solid form of powder cocaine, similar in appearance to pieces of crumbled hard cheese, beige or white in colour
  • Primarily smoked using glass pipettes stuffed with steel wool or pop cans

Physical Effects

  • Same as the powder form.

For more information on both Cocaine powder and Crack Cocaine click link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine

 Methamphetamine

Characteristics

  • Common names: meth, crank, jib, ice,
  • White/clear, crystalline powder
  • Primarily smoked or snorted through the nose
  • Powerful central nervous system stimulant and highly addictive
  • Some ingredients include: Ephedrine, Lithium battery strips, red phosphorous, anhydrous ammonia, drain cleaner, lye

Physical Effects

  • Users experience euphoria, increased energy, attention, alertness, excessive talking, rapid speech, irritability, panic, aggression and sometimes violent behavior
  • Side effects include and not limited to: psychosis, craving, exhaustion, depression, mental confusion, insomnia, disturbed sleep

For more information click link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methamphetamine

 MDMA or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine

Characteristics

  • Common names: Ecstasy, E, love drug, X, XTC
  • Mainly found in pill form of various color and size, commonly imprinted with a symbol (dove, Nike swoosh) to identify maker
  • Powerful psychedelic narcotic which affects Central Nervous System

Physical Effects

  • Users experience euphoria, increased feeling of intimacy, increased energy, decreased appetite, increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Side effects include: dehydration, lockjaw, teeth grinding,

For more information click link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mdma

 

 

 

Community Partners

Along with the Medicine Hat Police Service there are several other local government agencies that provide services to those families and individuals affected by drug addiction. 

 AADAC Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission http://www.aadac.com/79.asp

  • Assists Albertans in leading healthy lifestyles and achieving freedom from the harmful effects of alcohol, other drugs, tobacco and gambling.
  • Provides services and programs in Information, Prevention and Treatment

 McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association http://www.mcman.ca/index.htm

  • Since 1979, McMan has been providing quality care and services to children, youth and families in communities throughout Alberta
  • Programs and services include: Foster parent training, youth programs, FASD child support, information and mentoring services

 John Howard Society http://www.johnhoward.ab.ca/services/medicine-hat/

  • The Medicine Hat John Howard Society, established in 1948, is a community based agency that works with our community towards the prevention of crime and to assist those affected by crime.
  • Programs and services offered include: Criminal Justice Education Program to school aged children, Alternative Measures (restitution), Bullying Awareness and Prevention Program.

 SE Alberta Child and Family Services http://humanservices.alberta.ca/services-near-you/southeast-alberta-child-and-family-services.html

  • Southeast Alberta Child and Family Services Authority (CFSA) supports families and communities enabling them to provide safe and nurturing environments for their children. We strive to break the cycles of family violence, abuse and poverty that prevent some children from becoming strong, healthy individuals.
  • Programs include: child and youth support program, foster care, family support for children with disabilities

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Medicine Hat Police Service of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Medicine Hat Police Service  bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:

1. How do I Pay a parking ticket?
2. What are your hours of Operation?
3. My vehicle was impounded. How do I get it back?
4. My pet was impounded. What do I do?
5. Where can I check for recovered stolen property?
6. How can I find out if a vehicle is stolen?
7. When is the next public auction?
8. I think I have been treated unfairly by a member of the Police Service. What can I do?
9. I think a member of the Police Service deserves credit for exemplary conduct. Who can I contact?
10. I would like to contract an off duty police officer to perform security at an event. How do I arrange that and what is the cost?
11.  I think I received a CRA scam email/phone call. What should I do?
12. Where can I find more information about cannabis legislation?

 1. How do I pay a parking ticket?

a. Parking tags (small white ticket left on your windshield) are payable at City Hall located at 580 First Street SE.

b. Parking ticket ( long yellow form - received in the mail ) Payable at any provincial court house in the province of Alberta during their normal office hours.


2. What are your hours of Operation?

Front counter services are available Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, closed all statutory holidays. Payment types accepted are cash, and interac debit. We also have an ATM machine available.


3. My vehicle was impounded. How do I get it back?

The Owner must attend to the impound lot listed below with proof of ownership. Vehicle will be released to owner upon payment of any towing and storage fees.

Willie's 24 Hr Towing
1248 Brier Park Way NW
Medicine Hat, AB
Ph: 403-548-2002


4. My pet was picked up by Bylaw? What do I do?

Owners must attend the Alberta Pound And Rescue Centre facility located at 1002 South Railway Street SE, during business hours (Monday to Friday 10 AM to 7 PM or Saturday/Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM). All fees must be paid, and have proper animal licensing in place before release of the animal. Proof of ownership is required, call (403) 487-5671 or visit www.aparc.ca/reclaim for further information.



5. Where can I check for recovered stolen property?

Contact the property management unit of the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8479.


6.  How can I find out if a vehicle is stolen?

Link to National database for C.P.I.C. (Canadian Police Information Centre) property search, a free online public service.


7. When is the next public auction?

Contact the property management unit of the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8479.


8. I think I have been treated unfairly by a member of the Police Service. What can I do?

A complaint against the Police Service or a police officer must be made in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. To file a complaint you need to complete a Citizen Complaint Against Police Form. You may do this yourself and submit it to the Office of the Chief or attend to the police station and ask for the Duty Staff Sergeant. Complaints against Police cannot be accepted by email.

Procedure for Complaints Against Police Brochure:  It is important to keep the lines of communication open between the citizens of Medicine Hat and the Police.

Citizen Complaints Against Police Form: This form is for the use of persons wishing to register complaints against Police Personnel under The Police Act, 1988.


9. I think a member of the Police Service deserves credit for exemplary conduct. Who can I contact?

The Medicine Hat Police Service welcomes any compliments about a specific officer or civilian member and the service you received. 

Customer Feedback Form


10. I would like to contract an off duty police officer to perform security at an event. How do I arrange that and what is the cost?


You may download the Extra Duty Contract form here: Extra Duty Contract Form


11. I think I received a CRA scam email/phone call. What should I do?

The so-called “CRA scams” began emerging in 2013, and have since become a popular tool for defrauding people over the phone or by email. The most common scam is fairly straightforward. Someone claiming to be from the CRA calls and tells the victim that they have made an error on their tax return or neglected to file it. The fraudster then asks for financial or banking information in order to settle an alleged debt to the government

Any push-back from the victim is usually met with immediate threats of calling the police, sending CRA employees to the door, blacklisting a social insurance number, or jail time. The hope is that the caller will be frightened into complying. Often times the scammers request payment of the outstanding debt in the form of gift cards.

As a heads up, here are some things the CRA will NEVER do:

  • Threaten you with immediate arrest or prison sentence.
  • Ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence.
  • Request personal information to be sent by email.
  • Email you a link requesting you fill in an online form with personal or financial details.
  • Send you a link to your refund by email or text message.
  • Setup an in-person meeting in a public place to take a payment.
  • Demand immediate payment by prepaid credit card, iTunes or bitcoin.

However, in certain circumstances the CRA may:

  • Notify you by email when new mail is available for you to view in CRA secure portals such as My Account, My Business Account or Represent a Client.
  • Email you a link to a CRA webpage, form, or publication in response if you call the CRA looking for that information.
  • Send you a notice of assessment or re-assessment by mail, or notify you by email when it is available to view in CRA secure portals.
  • Ask for financial information such as the name of your bank and its location.
  • Request payment for a tax debt through any of the CRA’s payment options (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/mkpymnt-eng.html)
  • Take legal action to recover the money you owe if you refuse to pay your debt.

If you suspect a scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

If you believe that you have been the victim of a CRA scam, contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481 or attend the MHPS in person at 884 2nd Street SE to speak to an officer.


12.  Where can I find information about cannabis legislation?

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.

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Kid's Stuff

 Internet Safety for Kids

Check out http://mediasmarts.ca/ for great information on how to keep your kids safe online. Topics include cyberbullying, internet privacy, internet exploitation and more. This site also includes educational games and E-tutorials!

Click here for tips on using Facebook or other social networking sites.

 Safety at Home

As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect.  Safety should be a priority for every family as children return to classrooms this fall.  It is important for parents to stay up-to-date on the proper safety
precautions and share this information with their children to keep them safe throughout the school year.  There are a number of “safety at home”, “safety on the road”, and “school safety” articles provided by The Canada Safety Council and National Safety Council website that can be accessed.

Of all the disabling injuries, over 60% happen at home.  Nearly twice as many people are killed in home incidents as at work.  An estimated 4.27 million Canadians age 12 or older suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities in 2009-2010.  There are many hazards around the home and the key is to eliminate risk before an injury occurs. 

Click on the links below for fun, printiable, coloring pages for kids, all having to do with Safety at Home.

Color Me!      Color Me!!      Color Me!!!

For information on

  • occupant restraints
  • child safety seats
  • young drivers
  • back to school safety
  • pedestrian safety
  • bicycle safety
  • child traffic safety 
  • new drivers
please visit http://www.saferoads.ca

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Medicine Hat Police Service of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Medicine Hat Police Service  bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.


Recommended websites provide information about kids and bullying

deal.org by RCMP & Gov. of Canada 
Let's Talk About Bullying: Kids Help Phone  Kids Help Phone  1-800-668-6868

  
  

  
  

       
Teamheroes - Facts About Bullying
  bullying.org - Where you are NOT alone
  cyberbullying.ca - Always On? Always Aware!

  

  

       
   bullybeware.com - Take action against bullying   
   


 

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Request Police File

Insurance Company Information

The ordering of police collision reports, reports and data can be obtained by requesting the information via postal service . Please enclose cheque/money order payable to the Medicine Hat Police Service. There are no invoicing privileges.

Ensure the request is on your company letter head, your insured name is provided, and any other details that would help identify the police report. (such as file number, or date/time, nature of incident, etc.). Also, advise if you wish the information returned via postal service, or fax, or email attachment.

All statements require a written waiver consenting to its release by the author of the statement. Click here to view fees for services

Correspondence, questions or clarification can be forwarded to: 

Medicine Hat Police Service Police Information Manager
884 - 2nd Street S.E. 
Medicine Hat, Alberta 
T1A 8H2

phone: 403-502-8916 
fax: 403-529-8444 
email: policeinfo@mhps.ca

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