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Even Cops Are Human

Sgt. Campey was charged for being under the influence of liquor and assaulting R.O’Neill in the Cosmopolitan Hotel when off duty. O’Neill himself was drunk and carrying a loaded revolver.  Sgt. Campey was severely reprimanded.

Department photo 1918

  • Sgt. A.A Johnston was charged for being drunk on duty and going off duty without permission. He was dismissed from the force.
  • Cst. Graham was charged for entering a half breed’s tent at about 2:00 a.m. and insulting females therein. He was dismissed from the force.
  • Cst. Lewis was charged after being found sleeping in the American Hotel when on duty. Third offence. He was ordered to resign.
  • Cst. Lewis, charged leaving his employment as a Police Constable without proper notice. Fined $15 and costs by the Magistrate. Dismissed from the force by the Chief.
  • Cst. Robertson, charged with Improper Conduct in trying to effect entrance to a young lady’s room in View Court about 1:00 a.m. and also demanding money from a prostitute. Dismissed from the force.

Confiscated still c1920

  • Cst. Washford charged with drinking in a bar while in uniform. Dismissed from the force.
  • Cst. Greengrove charged with assaulting a civilian. Dismissed from the force.
  • Cst. Hitch charged with assaulting a prisoner in cells. Dismissed from the force by City Council.
  • Cst. Northham and Cst. McLoughland were charged with assaulting a prisoner in cells. Suspended for 60 days by City Council. Cst. McLoughland resigned to join the Army.
  • Cst. Jeske charged with drinking on duty and general incompetency. Dismissed from the force.
  • Cst. Follett charged being under the influence of drinking while on duty at 2:00 a.m. Warned by the Chief.
  • Cst. Follett charged drunk on duty at 7:00 p.m. Dismissed from the force. Was allowed to work a months notice at the Shell factory on pleading poverty and not having sufficient money to leave the city.

Department photo 1913

  • Sgt. Groer charged Malicious Prosecution of Maurice Fefferman and highly improper conduct in dealing with CPR Cst. Smith and Stewart. Dismissed from the force.
  • On July 10, 1913, Sgt. Campey made a complaint to council accusing Chief Bruce of official misconduct and misappropriation of bail and fine monies. A special committee was set up to investigate the charges. For his efforts, Sgt. Campey was suspended forthwith and dismissed when the Chief was exonerated on all charges.

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The Great Canadian Cop Shop Robbery

There’s no place safer to leave your money than at a police station, right?
Wrong!

In the past, stores and businesses used the police station as a week-end bank.  Some business places would have the cash pile up on a Saturday night. Even though they might have safes in their stores, some store managers felt a police station was a more reliable spot to keep their money. After all, stores were broken into, but who could imagine a police station being robbed? And that was sound reasoning, right up until October 29, 1960.

Desk Constable Norm McLeod was on duty at 10 o’clock that night when Ron May, manager of the Co-op retail store, dropped off a fishing tackle box for safekeeping. He explained it contained over $25,000 in cash and cheques, he said- although a later audit proved there was approximately $44,000 in receipts.

This was a lot of money – especially in those days when you could buy a new house for one-quarter of that amount. It drew questions from police members as to the wisdom of accepting such a large “deposit” and leaving it sit under the front counter. There was some joking about it as well. Constable Lance Mayer, for example, commented in a conversation to Bill Plotsky- who was the office duty constable from midnight to 8:00 a.m. – that it was more money than a policeman could make in 10 years. Plotsky suggested Mayor take it with him and they would split it later. Mayer, of course, thought it was said in a jest.

During the early hours of Sunday morning, Constables Ron Douglas, Ken Hall and Henry Jeske, while on lunch break, joked with Plotsky how easy it would be to rob the station with masks on, since Halloween was approaching. Douglas suggested Plotsky turn around and he would hit him on the head. Plotsky said that for that kind of money, a bump on the head might be worth it. Meanwhile, during the conversation, Jeske, while examining the box in the presence of others, inadvertently opened it. After looking inside, it was relocked and placed under the counter.

Cst. Jim Gehring, coming on duty at 8:00 a.m. the same morning, discussed with Plotsky how easy it would be to steal the money. Plotsky asked him if he would be interested in taking it and Gehring replied it could be so.

The following morning, Monday, October 31, just after midnight Cst. Ralph Raw walked into the office and found Plotsky lying on the floor behind the desk. He appreared to be unconscious and there was a slight contusion on the head behind the ear. Cst. Raw shook Plotsky to revive him. On awakening Plotsky told him he has been robbed. Raw immediately contacted Sgt. Cairney by radio. Plotsky repeated to Sgt. Cairney, that after taking a routine telephone report from the watchman at the Goodyear plant at 12:30 a.m., two masked men entered the office. The taller of the two, he said, was brandishing a snub nose revolver, probably a .38 calibre.

The tall man came to the front of the desk and his shorter companion went into the main office. Plotsky asked what was going on here and was told to turn around. He heard the click of the revolver, as if it was being cocked, so turned around. He could not see the shorter man in the main office nor remember being struck. The next thing he remembered was Cst. Raw shaking him. He went on to explain he never had a chance to offer any resistance as everything happened so fast.

He described the clothing and masks they were wearing and that the largest of the two did the talking, speaking in a muffled voice.

Sgt. Cairney listened patiently as Plotsky told his story of being robbed. He then drove him to the hospital, leaving him there to have his wound attended to. He did not, for a moment, accept the scenario that Plotsky was telling him. Being an experienced police officer, he had noted the dust stripes on Plotsky’s pants off the corrugated rubber mat ran parallel and even up to the pant leg, as though he had deliberately lain down rather than fallen to the floor. The contusion on his head appeared to have been caused by a sharp instrument rather than a blow.

When interviewed later by Chief Bull, Plotsky became indignant when it was suggested his story was not believed. He told Chief Bull he'd have to prove it.

Two days after the incident Plotsky was suspended. He resigned from the force a few days later. When he came to collect his severance cheque, he told Bull, “You’re the cat and I’m the mouse and it is up to you to catch me.”

The cat caught him 13 months after the incident when Cst. Gehring confessed and surrendered $4,290 to Calgary Police Officers, Det/Sgt. Gordon Gilkes and Sgt. A.R. Roberts. They were requested by Chief Bull to assist in the interrogation after it was suspected Gehring had been Plotsky’s accomplice.

Gehring said that around midnight, October 30th, he received a phone call at his home from Plotsky. As a result, he went to the station. When he arrived at the station, a police car was pulling out so he drove around the block and then returned. When he entered the station, a man was there filling out an accident form but left in a couple of minutes, leaving himself and Plotsky alone. Plotsky then handed him the box and said, “Here, get going with it, hit me over the head to make it look good”. Gehring refused saying, “No, I may hurt you.”

When he got outside with the box, he didn’t know what to do with it. He was scared stiff and drove around for awhile, then eventually drove to an area near the North West Chemical Plant, took some money and buried the box. A week later he told Plotsky where the box was buried. He had taken some money and Plotsky was offered the rest. There had been no prior arrangement to take the box, Gehring claimed, nor had he made any prior arrangement with Plotsky. He did not even know what story Plotsky was going to tell.

Misleading information contributed to prolonging the earlier conclusion of the investigation. Many members suspected Gehring was Plotsky’s accomplice but thought he had been eliminated by line up and polygraph examination.

A line up was held which included Gehring and all members of the Department. Guisseppe Toffolutti, who has been filling out the accident form and had seen a person walk into the back office just prior to the robbery viewed the lineup. The intent was to clear members of suspicion. Toffolutti, after viewing the line-up, said he knew all the persons as policemen but did not recognize or know the person who entered the station.

It was also believed Gehring had taken and passed a polygraph test, which all members voluntarily submitted to. The examination was conducted by Richard Walsh, the Sheriff of Flathead County, Montana, and a graduate examiner of the FBI. The polygraph, at the time, was in its infant stages of development. Some members were upset after submitting to the test, feeling they were asked too many questions of a personal nature unrelated to the theft.

The test was successful in that it indicated the members who had looked inside the box and had knowledge they were not disclosing.

Gehring, who was on a course in Calgary, feigned illness at the time of his testing by continually coughing. Unknown to most members he had not been examined. It was nearly a year later when the examiner returned to retest members who they felt were withholding information. It was the results of the test given Gehring that convinced the examiner Gehring had knowledge of the robbery. The intensified interview of Gehring followed which resulted in his subsequent confession to the Calgary Police Officers.

Both Gehring and Plotsky were charged with the theft in connection with the disappearance of the $44,000 in cash and cheques from the Police Station.

Gehring plead guilty before W.J.C Kirby and was sentenced to one year imprisonment. Plotsky plead not guilty and Justice Kirby heard his case. Plotsky emphatically denied any knowledge of the theft throughout his trial. Justice Kirby did not accept his evidence as being factual. He sentenced Plotsky to three years.

The Crown appealed both sentences. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Alberta increased Plotsky’s sentence to five years and Gehring’s to three years.

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Shootout on Aberdeen

It would have been a scene out of a Mack Sennett Keystone Kop Komedy if it hadn’t had its tragic overtones.

It was of course, the Great Aberdeen Street Shootout, and before it was over Raymond Maxwell Bradley faced 12 charges in court ranging from attempted murder (of two police constables- Roy Funk and Clayton Stobbs) to three charges of stealing police revolvers- from policemen.

One thing the Great Aberdeen Street Shootout did prove was the need for police training in at least two fields – (1) procedure to follow in hostage situations, and (2) SWAT team operations.

It all began when police responded to a call at the Savings Centre Grocery, 391 Aberdeen Street, to investigate a break and enter in the early hours of the morning on July 26, 1969.

    
   
  
  
 
Entrance of Aberdeen Savings Centre Grocery scene of shootout
     Culprits car with safe in back

Constable Flinn was the first officer to arrive on the scene. He was confronted by Raymond Bradley and Victor Roeder, a local resident, who were armed with a shotgun and .22 rifle. Flinn was forced to surrender his handgun and was taken hostage by the two gunmen. As back-up police officers arrived on the scene they too surrendered their guns and became hostages.

It has to be appreciated this took place prior to any training being implemented in hostage-taking incidents and before the establishment of specially-trained tactical teams. Five police officers were taken hostage as well as six civilians, who inadvertently walked into the situation. Two teenagers, Grant Fox, 17, and Pat Henry, 18, were driving down the street when they saw the police cars. Realizing there was trouble the driver slammed on the brakes but before he could put it in reverse they were confronted by a man with a gun who demanded they get out of the car. The other civilians became involved in a similar manner and were ordered from their cars by a man with a shotgun and pistol. They were told by the gunmen they would not be hurt, that they just wanted to shoot some policemen and get even with the police for kicking them around. During this little chit chat, a gun was pointed at Grant Fox’s abdomen and another at his head and they demanded a cigarette.

A few minutes later, as Raymond Bradley was hollering, “shoot the screw, you can’t hang for it”, Victor Roeder held the barrel of a handgun to the neck of Constable Funk and while shouting, “I am scared”, pulled the trigger. The bullet traveled up through Cst. Funk’s mouth and exited out the right side of his jaw and blowing the cap off Cst. Flinn’s head. As he crumbled to the pavement, Cst. Funk heard Roeder shouting, “I didn’t hit him.”

Cst Flinn points out bullet hole in his cap to Cst Groft

A moment later, Bradley, in possession of Cst. Stobbs’ handgun, placed the barrel against Stobbs’stomach and pulled the trigger, which fell on an empty chamber. Cursing the gun for misfiring, he aimed at a police car and fired a shot through the window, swung around and aimed at Cst. Funk, who was lying on the sidewalk with his head resting against the building, holding the bullet wound in his neck. Bradley fired a shot. The bullet smashed the wrist watch of Cst. Funk’s left wrist, traveled through the wrist, shattering the bone and penetrated the plate glass window behind his head.


Chief Drader, who lived within a half block of the scene was aroused by a phone call. On arrival at the scene, he attempted to secure the release of other hostages by offering to be a hostage for their escape. (Editor’s note: Modern procedure would not allow this. You never give up your weapon nor do you exchange one hostage for another). His offer was refused and he joined the others at gunpoint. He tried to convince Bradley and Roeder to release Cst. Funk to paramedics as he was in excruciating pain. His plea was to no avail.

  
  
      
  

Sgt Lloyd indicating shotgun slugs and
bullet holes in the side of the culprits car
    Sgt/Det Brink points to one of many bullet holes in police car


At about this moment, Sgt. McLeod arrived on the scene, parked his car at the intersection and commenced moving towards the large group when on an order from Bradley, Roeder started running toward McLeod, firing with two handguns. As he ran across the intersection, Sgt. McLeod returned the fire. At this time, Cst. Onslow arrived, followed by Sgt. Brink. Roeder stopped behind a small tree and was attempting to take careful aim at Sgt. McLeod. Cst. Onslow, in possession of a shotgun, fired twice at Roeder, one shot hitting him in the upper chest, killing him instantly. An autopsy later proved that Sgt. McLeod’s Bullets had struck Roeder three times. One grazed his head, one hit him in the upper thigh and one struck a finger on the right hand.

Victor Roeder fatally shot in running gun battle with police

Bradley, who was holding the hostages at gunpoint, told them if his buddy got killed they were all dead. However, after he realized Roeder was probably dead, he released the civilian hostages, telling them to “get the hell out”. He held the police officers, threatening to kill them and Cst. Funk, who was still lying wounded on the sidewalk.

Chief Drader managed to talk Bradley into releasing the other hostages in exchange for himself as hostage and driver of a getaway car.

Leaving the scene in a police car, Chief Drader accompanied Bradley to the flats area where they picked up Bradley’s wife, Janet and his father-in-law.

After a period of about twenty minutes the four drove back to the scene, Bradley wanting to learn about Roeder’s welfare. At the scene the Chief managed to escape, using the father-in law as a ruse. They both ran, leaving Bradley abandoned in the police car with his wife.

Chief Drader had taken the keys from the car when he made his dash to escape. Bradley, finding himself surrounded by police with no avenue of escape, surrendered when promised he would be protected from harm while in custody.

The original charges were withdrawn and on February 9, 1970, Bradley entered guilty pleas to Robbery with Violence and Cause Bodily Harm with Intent to Wound. He was sentenced to 4 ½ years, concurrent on each charge. He was paroled August 6, 1971. Seventeen years later there is no record of him appearing before the courts again.

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Of Mice and Men

There was never a guarantee a conviction could be gained in a drug case, even if the perpetrator (a TV crimes series word, seldom used by real cops) was caught red-handed with the goods. This was proven in a case here and it’s surprising it hasn’t wound up on one of two TV programs “Bloopers” or “Life’s Embarrassing Moments”.

Police Station 1965

It all started when a Joint Force Operation Unit executed a search warrant at a local residence. A large quantity of marijuana was seized and two persons arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking - on the surface a cut and dried case.

Provincial Court, at the time, was in the police station. An attached double-wide trailer served as the Court offices and it was here where the drug exhibits were stored.

When the JFO Unit went to claim their drug exhibits for the preliminary hearings a shocking discovery was made. The boxes containing all the drug exhibits were leaking marijuana as the clerk brought them to the counter. Checking inside the boxes, police found everything had been chewed by mice- the baggies of drugs, the markings on the bags and the “Certificates of Analysis” had the most important parts eaten right out of them.

Two questions immediately came to mind: Could these be specially- trained anti-drug enforcement mice, or somewhere, in the Court Office exhibit vault were there two or more fat, lazy, long-haired mice with bloodshot eyes and an uncommon desire to eat junk food?

The JFO Unit was enraged.

The case was lost.

Phones at the Justice Department office in Edmonton lit up with calls from Medicine Hat.

As the local department explained their predicament, short constrained grunts of snickering - yes, even outright laughter - could be heard from the other end of the line. The Justice Department staff tried to calm things down and guaranteed such an incident would never happen again.

The next day Grant Rombough, the Federal Drug Prosecutor, received a memorandum from the Court House staff member which read:

SUBJECT: Regina vs. Herrick, or, Ode to Prosecutor

“Oh, the Pot was stored in the courthouse vault
And the vault was closed for the night,
When out of a hole came a little brown mouse
To dance in the pale moonlight.
He ate up the Pot(exhibit #1) and the certificate of
Analyses (exhibit #2) and exhibits #3 through 33 in the
Courthouse vault.
And in the vault he sat,
And all through the night you could hear him shout,
“Bring on the goddam cat!”


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Crime on the Rise

Crime escalated with the affluent rise of the seventies and early eighties. Some of the more interesting and violent crimes the Force had to contend with were:

Department photo 1970
 

On February 11, 1973 Police were called to a local residence over a family dispute between a 39 year-old husband, his wife and stepson. The couple had spent the evening drinking in the bar and on arriving home an argument took place. The stepson, 17, intervened on behalf of his mother. The stepfather threatened to kill him. Police persuaded the husband to leave the home for the night. He agreed to stay at a hotel and was driven there by police. He booked out a few minutes later and returned home in a taxi. He spoke to his wife who had been sleeping and she told him to go to bed. The husband said he was going to get a drink, but he went downstairs where his stepson was sleeping and brutally struck him seven times on the head and neck with a large pipe wrench, killing the boy as he slept. Ronald MacMillan was sentenced to 10 years (later lowered to six years on appeal) for killing Stuart MacMillan.

Less than two weeks later a 26-year-old father of two children phoned police saying his little boy had just died. On arrival the father told police the boy, aged two, had fallen down the stairs after he had been spanked by the father. Subsequent investigation proved the child had not fallen, but had received a severe beating which caused internal bleeding, resulting in death. The father stated he became aggravated with the child because he refused to remain in bed. The father spanked the child with a belt, leaving impressions of the belt buckle on the child’s body. He also beat him with a stick. A short while after the severe beating the child died in the home. The father was sentenced to five years.

On March 10, 1973, following a three-day drinking spree, the body of a semi-nude woman was found near a shack on the eastern edge of the city. The body showed signs of having received a severe beating prior to death. Investigation revealed that at about 10:00 p.m. the night before the woman’s common-law husband came to the shack and dragged her outside. A witness in the house heard them arguing, with the man saying he would kill her. This was the last time the woman was seen until her body was discovered the next morning.

A search of the city was made and the common-law husband could not be found. A charge of murder was laid against him and permission was granted for a Canada Wide Warrant. At 1:47 p.m. on March 10 a “Want” was entered on CPIC and at 10:30 p.m. that same day he was arrested by the Golden, B.C. RCMP after checking two hitchhikers on the Trans-Canada Highway. Robert Henry Rowe was convicted of assault causing bodily harm and sentenced to three years.

Recruit class 1975
 

Police received a call to attend Rud’s Shell Service on the Trans-Canada Highway on Aug.22 at 4:32 a.m. On arrival the attendant, a 17-year-old youth, was found lying in a large pool of blood behind the office counter. He had received severe skull lacerations which later resulted in his death.  It was also apparent a robbery had taken place. One hour later three persons, two males and one female from Eastern Canada, were apprehended and charged. The charge against the female was withdrawn. Both males, Richard Denommoe, 23, and Allan Parker, 20, were sentenced to life. They were returned to Ontario to face another robbery and murder charge and received a second life sentence.

An interesting case was concluded in 1977 when the supervisor of maintenance at the General Hospital plead guilty to charges of fraud and theft under $200. Investigation had proven he received payments from a local contracting firm in return for recommending the company for some hospital construction work. It was also revealed that he requisitioned electrical equipment for his private use. The Judge said it was an obnoxious affront to the standard of conduct the public expects of its servants. He sentenced the supervisor to nine months imprisonment.

To prove computers are human too, a city bank made an error in the computer and deposited $8,000 into a local cowboy’s account. This particular account had, a week prior, been standing at “nil”. The cowboy received his statement and learned of his unexpected windfall. He withdrew $5,000 from his account and left town for an enjoyable weekend in Calgary. One week later he returned home, broke. He told investigating officers, once his friends knew he had money they stopped drinking beer and started drinking whiskey. After his brush with the law, he made regular payments to the Bank.

Recruit class 1979
 

After being involved in a slight car accident and fearing he would be checked by police, a man fatally shot himself while parked in the hospital parking lot. It was later learned he had murdered his wife’s grandfather in Ontario, stolen his truck then driven to Medicine Hat searching for his wife who was living common-law with another man at one of the local motels. From evidence later found, there was no doubt it was his intention to find his wife and murder her and her boyfriend.

In the early morning hours of July 25, 1978, a young Medicine Hat woman lay sleeping in an upstairs bedroom of her home. By chance, she was the only occupant of the home, her young daughter having spent the night with her grandmother. The woman was abruptly awakened by the sound of breaking glass, to which she instinctively reacted by hiding under her bed. A short time later she was able to see a man, in possession of a gun, enter her room.

Recruit class 1980
 

The intruder went on a rampage, yelling and uttering threats as he searched the house. The terrified woman was able to reach from beneath the bed, pull a telephone from a night table and take it under the bed. She then called the police. Members of the patrol division responded to the call, quickly surrounding the home. Two patrol members were able to position themselves in the front and rear porches of the home and within minutes of receiving the original complaint were able to break open a door and apprehend the suspect. Along with the suspect was found a sawed-off twelve gauge shotgun as well as a considerable amount of ammunition.

A very frightened but grateful young lady was found still hiding under her bed listening to words of encouragement being offered to her over the telephone by a police dispatcher. After a three-day trial the accused was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Medicine Hat Police K9 Team
 

On September 24, 1980 a drug addict shot a small time drug trafficker in the head while visiting the victim’s home. The victim, bleeding profusely, was placed into a vehicle and dumped in a dugout about 30 miles north of the city. A massive police hunt by land, air and water failed to locate the body. Two members training their police dogs in Montana arrived with their whole class, including dogs, to assist in the search, but to no avail. The victim was found by duck hunters three weeks after he disappeared. John Allan Glenn was later arrested and plead guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to seven years.  

Responding to a call at 5:17 a.m. on July 29, 1984, in the 700 block of 10th Street SE. They found a Deluxe Cab driver, Kenneth Spoonheim, age 57, had been stabbed to death. Investigators learned that a few nights previous the taxi driver had picked up a young man in the area who had been carrying a knife in a sheath attached to his belt. An effort was made to identify him and his description was broadcasted. The same day, at 5:20 p.m., information was received that a person answering the description was seen coming out of the creek bottom near IXL Industries. A 21-year-old youth from Ontario was located on #41 Highway and found to be in possession of a hunting knife in a black leather sheath. He later confessed he had been in Medicine Hat for about two weeks and admitted stabbing the taxi driver. Edward Allen Hansford, age 23, was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole for 10 years. 

In September, 1984, three youths became involved in a verbal altercation with a local resident in the lane between Bridge and Elm Street. The resident then followed the youths to a residence on Bridge Street and struck Gregory McCulley, 18, on the head with a baseball bat. McCulley suffered a depressed skull fracture and was hospitalized until he succumbed to the injury in February, 1988. 

The case was made difficult by the involvement of a number of people who helped the assailant in his escape and by their attempted destruction of evidence. However, in May, William Gamble (a.k.a Jewell), 34, was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 4 ½ year imprisonment. Seven other persons were charged with obstruction and aiding and abetting the aggravated assault. 

Serving the Community with Pride
 

In June of 1987 Daniel Gingras, a serving prisoner on a murder charge, escaped from an unarmed guard while on a day pass from Edmonton Maximum Institute. At approximately the same time Calvin Smoker, charged with a murder in the Edmonton-Ponoka area, was released on bail.  

Gingras fled to Quebec. He returned with a male companion who was later found murdered. Gingras and Smoker were subsequently charged with the offence. 

Gingras and Smoker, accompanied by two females, arrived in Medicine Hat on August 14. They began to case a number of places to rob, specifically bingo halls. However, because of the large crowds abandoned this idea. 

At about 7:30 p.m. they abducted 25-year-old Wanda Lee Woodward as she approached her vehicle at the Southview Mall. She was driven to a gravel pit, left bound and tied inside their vehicle, while they left in her vehicle and robbed the Division Avenue Safeway store. 

They returned to the gravel pit, abandoned Woodward’s vehicle, and drove south on the Black & White Trail to a point where they murdered her. Cause of death was ligature strangulation. 

An extensive investigation by Medicine Hat City Police, Edmonton City Police and RCMP resulted in the arrest and charges of robbery and murder being laid against Gingras and Smoker. Gingras has received life and at time of writing, Smoker’s case was still before the courts.

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Current Canine (K9) Police Service Dogs

Cst. Jason Ross and PSD Astor


Astor was born in the Czech Republic in June of 2015. Cst. Ross and PSD Astor completed training in May 2017.  Astor is trained as a General Duty dog, and will also be trained for Drug Detector work in the future.

Cst. Ross is an experienced handler working with two other Police Service Dogs from 2004-2011 and is very excited to be returning to the K9 Unit.










Cst. Roger Page and PSD Hutch



PSD Hutch was born in Germany in September of 2017. Hutch finished his basic training with Cst Roger Page in January of 2020. Hutch is certified as a general duties dog and will be looking forward to his training with drug detection. Hutch is a very social dog that loves to work.

Cst Roger Page is a 21 year police member who has served as a dog handler from 2003-2009 with PSD Brix. Cst R Page is excited to return to the K9 unit and work with his second dog, Hutch. 

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Police Information Checks

As a result of COVID-19 health recommendations, please note the following changes in process for requesting a Police Information Check:

  • Anyone 18 years or older, with access to a computer is requested to apply for Police Information Checks online via link below.

  • Anyone under the age of 18 years, or for members of the public that do not have access to a computer, can contact the MHPS by email: medicinehat@policesolutions.ca or phone 403-502-8916 to speak with the MHPS Information Manager who will assist you in completing your application.


To apply for a Police Information Check online - click here

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What is a Police Information Check?
 

A Police Information Check (PIC), is a detailed criminal and police history, or a confirmation of the absence of any information, based on the personal information provided.  The results will be provided on a Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) certificate letter.  This check is based solely on Canada-wide information.


What Systems Are Searched For PIC's?
 

The MHPS uses three search mechanisms: 

  • Versadex - Local records of the Applicant’s involvement with the MHPS
  • J.O.I.N. - the Alberta court system (Justice Online Information Network)
  • C.P.I.C. -the Canadian Police Information Center system and RCMP National repository in Ottawa  


This Police Information Check only provides information found at the time of the check, on the above listed systems.  The MHPS does not guarantee completeness of the information, as we are limited to information available on these systems.  This check does not include information found in any other jurisdiction’s local police information systems; nor does it include court information of any other province(s), except convictions registered on the National Repository for Canada. 


Requirements To Obtain a PIC 

Please note that Vulnerable Sector Searches will only be completed for local residents.  If you are not a Medicine Hat resident you need to contact the police agency in your local area.

Individuals over the age of 18 years may apply online here or may attend in person to the MHPS, 884 2nd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Individuals under the age of 21 years must apply in person. 

Two pieces of government identification must be provided, including both name and date of birth, such as:

One Picture I.D. such as Provincial Drivers Licence, Passport, Citizenship Card, Motor Vehicles Registry Photo ID card, Native Status Card or PALS. 

One other I.D. such as Birth Certificate, Alberta Health Care Card, Immigration Documents or Marriage Certificate.  (Social Insurance Cards are not acceptable as they do not include date of birth)

Police Information Check Disclosures 

Criminal Records - Adult and Youth (includes  indictable, dual procedure and summary conviction offences) 
Pending and outstanding charges 
Outstanding warrants for arrest Canada-wide 
Police Files / Information Reports 


Relevant occurrences* 

Records of not criminally responsible by reasons of Mental Disorder pursuant to s. 16(1)cc (disclosed if relevant)*
Judicial Orders while in effect: probations, prohibitions, peace bonds**, restraining orders and recognizance conditions
Vulnerable Sector Records (pardoned sex offender) 
Stay of Proceedings for one year period** 
Absolute Discharges for one year period** 
Conditional Discharges for three year period** 
Alternative Measures for one year period***

 *relevancy refers to the protection of persons, property and any information that could cause an individual or organization, concerns for the safety of individuals, employees or volunteers. 
**period commences from the date of sentencing 
***period commences from court confirmation of disposition completion
 

Cost and Payment Options 

Online application (available for individuals over 18 years of age)  = $43.00 + $9.95 processing fee
In person application (for individuals over 18 years of age) = $63.00 payable by cash, debit or cheque
In person applications (for individuals 18 years or younger) = $43.00 payable by cash, debit or cheque 
Volunteers $15.00 with agency authorization letter only
Volunteers do not receive wages, compensation, goods or services.  Course acceptance, work, field or practicum placements do not qualify as volunteers. 


**See below fee table for other services**


How Long Will Processing Take?
 

Under normal circumstances, your Police Information Check Certificate will be available for you to pick up from the MHPS in 7 business days.  (This includes the intake day.) However, during peak times processing time may be longer. 

NOTE: You must pick up your PIC in person and present photo I.D. at that time. 


Where Else Can a PIC Be Obtained?
 

In Medicine Hat, the Medicine Hat Police Station, located at 884 2nd Street SE, is the only location at this time.  Out of town residents must obtain their PIC at a local police agency in the area where they reside. 


Will My PIC Information Be Sent To Other Agencies? 

No.  All Police Information Checks will be disclosed by way of certificate directly to the applicant at our office.  Any questions and concerns will be answered fully at the time of the disclosure. 



What Other Services are available? 

Service  Fees 
Police Information Checks – All Including . Business & Pawn Shop License .
Taxis License . Pardons . US Waiver . Immigration . Private Investigators
and Security Guards . Locksmith Licensing 
$43.00 + $9.95 processing fee (only available for individuals over 18 years applying online)
$63.00 (for individuals over 18 years applying in person)
$43.00 (for individuals 18 years and younger applying in person)
Police Information Checks – Volunteers do not receive wages, compensation,
goods or services. Course acceptance, work, field or practicum placements do
not qualify as volunteers 

$15.00 + $9.95 processing fee (available online for individuals over 18 years  - No volunteer letter required.)

$15.00 for persons applying at the front counter – volunteer letter from the agency is required – dated not longer than two weeks from the date of application and pen and ink signature from an agency representative

LiveScan submissions (required when unable to clear vulnerable sector search)  $25.00 - collected on behalf of RCMP 
Fingerprinting only – For external use  $50.00 per set ($47.62+$2.38 GST) 
Mail In Police Information Checks (for applicants that qualify)  $65.00
Police Collision Reports and/or Data Reports  $40.00 (plus GST) 
Police Photographs released on CD only  $50.00 (plus GST) 
Police Videos – copy  $50.00 (plus GST) 
Traffic Analyst/Reconstruction Report – Finished  $1,500.00 (plus GST) 
Traffic Analyst/Reconstruction Report – Rough Draft  $200.00 (plus GST) 
Escort Services – Criminal Records & Fingerprinting  $75.00 ($71.43+$3.57 GST) 
Extra Duty Police Officers ($120.00 deposit required)  $120.00 per hour/per officer (plus GST) 
Moving Permits Where police vehicle required (Minimum 3 hours and 2 vehicles)  $110.00 per hour/per vehicle (plus GST) 


***No refunds provided*** 


Medicine Hat Police Service
884 2nd Street SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta 

Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm 

Police Information Coordinator:
policeinfo@mhps.ca
phone: 403-502-8916 



Questions and Answers


Q-
 What does it mean if my Certificate is stamped with “Please note that the Medicine Hat Police Service does not have access to Police Records in some jurisdiction(s) that this individual has resided in during the previous five years"

A- The application form that you complete will ask for your current address, and any other location that you have resided in for the past 5 years.   The stamp is an indicator that that Medicine Hat Police Service does not have access to background information in some jurisdictions.  

Q- What if I need more than one Certified Certificate? 

A- At regular fee costs, you are entitled to one Certificate at the time you make the application.  If you require numerous copies for resume’ purposes, photo copy the Certificate and instruct the organization that the original is available for review. 

Q-  What is a Vulnerable Sector Records search? 
A-  When a person receives a record suspension, their criminal convictions are sealed and not available, even to Police and the Courts.  The only exception is for sexual offence convictions that are contained within the record suspension.  During a Vulnerable Sector Records search, if the applicant has the same gender and date of birth as an individual(s) whose information is contained within the Vulnerable Sector database, police will only be notified that there is a matter of interest that may assist in the screening of the applicant.  The applicant will be asked to provide their fingerprints so that an electronic search can be completed.  If the applicant has received a pardon for a sexual offence, the RCMP must then seek approval from the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for permission to notify the police of the match.  Once the police have been notified, they would speak with the applicant and ask them to sign a consent form to notify the agency they are wanting to work for of this past occurrence.

Q- Will I be required to provide my fingerprints in order to get a vulnerable sector check?
A- Only cases where the applicants gender and birth date match that of someone who has received a record suspension.  In this case, fingerprints are submitted electronically so they can be checked against the individuals in the secure data base.  Results of this check will be reported back to the Police Service.  The fingerprints are used for comparison purposes only and are destroyed when the check is completed.


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Victim Assistance Volunteer Opportunities

The Victim Assistance (VA) Unit provides victims of crime and tragedy with crisis support, information and community referral services.  We also provide court support and information for witnesses.

The VA Unit works with community agencies, however our services do not extend to providing counseling or advocacy services.

We are seeking volunteers for the following activities:

Crisis Support: Responds on-scene with police to offer emotional and practical support to victims and conducts post-incident follow up, including offering resource referrals to victims.  Additionally, volunteers take new victim referrals post-incident and offers follow up services.  Volunteers maintain an ongoing case file offering victims peer support, court updates, Victim Assistance services and explains justice programs. 

Requirements & Availability:
- 3 Call-Out Shifts per month (12 hrs/shift): Week Days and/or Evenings;
- 3 hrs/week phone and file work at the police station; and,
- Valid Driver’s License.

Court Support: Attends court orientation with witnesses and provides emotional support during trials.  Offers general orientation regarding court and updates victims regarding court decisions and outcomes when required. 

Requirements & Availability:
- One week per month (Monday to Friday – Daytime); OR,
- On call shifts, as needed.

In-Station Drop In: Provide information services to drop-in clients which can include offering court updates, information about justice programs, and assisting victims with application forms.

Requirements & Availability:
- Minimum 3 Daytime Shifts per month (Daytime 4 hours)

General Requirements for Volunteers

-  Pass Criminal Record Check, Police Security Screening, and Reference Checks;

-  Complete all required training, including:

  • 50 hr Online Course;
  • Team Training (One Week End);
  • Two Workshops; and,
  • Mentoring with senior volunteers.

-  Able to report for all scheduled shifts.

-  Maintain Confidentiality at all times.;

-  Willing to offer non-judgmental peer support.

-  Practice empathetic and active listening skills.

-  Participate in ongoing training and team meetings.

The VA Experience

Working with victims is an extremely rewarding life experience.  It demands individuals with an empathetic nature, active listening skills, non-judgmental outlook and a trustworthy character.  Our advocates don’t rush to solve problems for others but rather look to support people to find their own path and to connect them to professional resources when needed.

Qualities we look for in volunteers include:  a high degree of discretion, dedication, and motivation to help.

Crisis response can be many things; it is not limited to being called to a police scene.  For victims, significant impact can be felt in the days and weeks to follow therefore ongoing follow up with victims at different junctures of their journey such as during police interviews, attending as a witness for court, and after court is important.  Therefore, volunteers must be motivated not just by police calls but also to support victims throughout their journey.

Our volunteers enjoy making a difference for people, the comradery, and ongoing training the VA program offers.

To Apply

·  Complete and return application form to: va@mhps.ca

·  Click here to download the VA Volunteer application form.



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Reaching out ... To You

We offer SUPPORT

  • Comfort and Reassurance
  • Home/Hospital Visits
  • Court Appearance
  • Bereavement
  • Post Trauma
  • Victim's Family


We offer INFORMATION

  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Court Orientation
  • Financial Benefits Program
  • Home Security Prevention
  • Robbery Trauma
  • Funeral Arrangements
  • Crime Prevention
  • Restitution


We offer REFERRAL

  • Counseling Agencies
  • Social Services
  • Crown Prosecutor's Office
  • Medical Assistance
  • Support Groups


More On Victim Assistance in Canada

ACJ Net Canada: Search for "Victims of Crime"


Government of Alberta: Victims of Crime Act


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Police Recruiting

Now accepting applications from Experienced Police Officers

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Candidates either do or do not possess the minimum requirements for employment in the Province of Alberta.  The Solicitor General has set out expected minimum standards and there are no exceptions. They are enumerated as follows:


Age:  At least 18 years old
Education:  Alberta Grade 12 or equivalent (Certificate Required)
Citizenship:  Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.
Driving History:  Driver’s abstract dated within one month of application. More than five (5) demerit points disqualifies applicant.
Criminal History:  Applicants shall not have a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted (proof
of pardon required). Applicants shall not have any criminal charges before the courts.
Vision:  Meet the minimum vision requirements approved by the Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security. Applicants must submit a vision report (Included in Employment application along with standards)

AB Supplemental Vision Forms

ALBERTA POLICE CONSTABLE /ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

The following ten competencies are those the applicant must possess and bring to the job.

Adaptability/Decisiveness

Ability and confidence to vary between being flexible and holding firm on a decision, depending on what the situation requires; showing leadership by adjusting one’s approach to the demands of a particular task or by taking and maintaining a position in a self-assured manner.

Conscientiousness
The degree to which someone is honest; has integrity; accepts responsibility for their actions; has high ethical standards; earns the trust of others by consistently demonstrating sound moral principles; does the right thing; reliably fulfills commitments through self-discipline and sense of duty.

Initiative/ Perseverance
Willingness to take action to address needs without being requested to do so; staying on task to completion, particularly in the face of obstacles or other trying circumstances.

Interpersonal Skills
Ability to work effectively with different people and teams of people, by putting others at ease, acknowledging diverse opinions, addressing relevant concerns, minimizing conflict, promoting harmony, cooperating with others, and working toward consensual solutions to achieve group objectives.

Judgment/ Problem Solving
Ability to assess situations and problems; identify possible actions/solutions; and make sound decisions based on facts, logic, and probable outcomes.

Learning-Memory-Recall
Ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills on the job; to observe, remember, and recall significant information and events (e.g., people, vehicles, facts, suspicious behavior, environmental details, etc.)

Organization Skills
Ability to identify and set priorities; to plan and effectively allocate resources; to attend to details so that relevant issues are addressed and high quality outcomes result.

Stress Management
Ability to work well under pressure; maintaining effectiveness and self-control in the midst of any one or combination of stressors, including emotional strain, ambiguity, risk to self, and fatigue.

Valuing Service & Diversity
Sensitivity to client and community needs and perceptions by providing prompt, efficient and equitable service; involving clients and community in the resolution of problems that affect them.

Verbal & Written Communication Skills
Ability to communicate in both oral and written form, including giving (speaking and writing) and receiving (listening and reading) information, in a way that ensures messages are understood.


SELECTION PROCESS
In Alberta the recruiting process is an eight step process which tests an applicant’s suitability for employment as a police officer.  As such,  testing for the required competencies is completed in the form of psychological testing,  academic testing,  medical and fitness testing.


STAGE 1 – Application Process
Completed Application Form and Personal Disclosure Form (PDF) submitted and screened to confirm all
documents present and minimum criteria met.  Applications that are not complete will not be accepted.

Police Employment Application

STAGE 2 – Pre-Interview Assessment
Alberta Police Cognitive Abilities Test (APCAT), the Alberta Communications Test (ACT) and the Physical Fitness Evaluation are conducted during this stage.  The APCAT, ACT and an autobiography are written in one day.  Applicants meeting the cut score on the APCAT (84 out of 120) and the ACT (73 out of 134) proceed to the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (P.A.R.E.).  Correspondence setting out the date, time and location of the written tests as well as the separate date of the Physical Fitness Evaluation are sent out to applicants passing the criteria of Stage One.
A.P.C.A.T.
The Alberta Police Cognitive Abilities Test is a job-related written examination.  Applicants are given a Pre-test booklet during the examination and are allowed to study it for 30 minutes.  The Pre-test booklet is then removed and the test is administered over the next two hours and fifteen minutes.  The result of this test is valid for
five years. Retest Waiting Period – Candidates may rewrite the APCAT if they did not achieve the cut-score one month (30 days) from the last previous test attempt.  Candidates may attempt the test a maximum of three (3) times.For further information about the APCAT, sample test questions, test writing tips and techniques, please open the PDF document below.

APCAT Test Brochure.pdf

A.C.T.
The Alberta Communications Test uses portions of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess reading, vocabulary, spelling and English.  The total amount of time required, including instructions and a break is one hour and thirty five minutes. The result of this test is valid for five years.
Retest Waiting Period – After writing the ACT for the first time, candidates must wait at least 1 month (30 days) from the date of writing before they may attempt the ACT a second time.  After writing the ACT for the second time, candidates must wait at least 6 months (i.e. 180 days) from the date they last wrote the test before they may attempt the ACT  a third time.  After writing the ACT for a third time, candidates must wait at least twelve months (i.e. 365 days) from the date they last wrote before they attempt the ACT a fourth time.  Thereafter, candidates may continue to rewrite the ACT as often as they wish.  However, each time, the waiting period doubles from the previous waiting period.

Candidate Brochure for ACT.pdf

Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP)

Effective January 1, 2010, all municipal police agencies in the Province of Alberta will require police applicants to successfully complete the Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP) test.

The A-PREP has three separate components: 1) a screening component to ensure the applicant is medically suitable to undergo the test; 2) a series of job simulation tasks arranged in a Pursuit/Restraint Circuit; and 3) an assessment of aerobic fitness (the Aerobic Shuttle Run).

Before attempting the A-PREP, you will be required to complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) found in the application package. This inventory identifies medical conditions that could pose a risk during exercise and which need to be cleared by a physician.

The A-PREP test can only be administered by or on behalf of one of the four agencies licensed to conduct testing. The four licensed agencies are the Calgary Police Service, the Edmonton Police Service, the Lethbridge Regional Police Service and the Medicine Hat Police Service.  The Medicine Hat Police Service will accept the results of the A-PREP test conducted by any of the above agencies.

The A-PREP results are valid for six (6) months.

Retesting – Applicants can make arrangements to retake the test immediately. If an applicant fails on the second test there is a two (2) month waiting period before the A-PREP can be attempted again and then a two (2) month waiting period for each successive fail.

APREP Fit to Serve.pdf


Stage Three – Competency Specific Testing
Candidates who successfully complete the physical fitness appraisal will continue to the interview stage.  There are two separate interviews, each with members of the recruit selection team.
Personal Disclosure Interview (PDI)
All municipal police services in the Province of Alberta conduct a Personal Disclosure Interview for the purposes of assessing the applicant’s overall competitiveness, organizational fit, and to assess the accuracy and completeness of disclosures supplied by an applicant in the Application and Personal Disclosure forms.

Though a police service may compare the results of the PDI conducted by another Provincial police service, they are not obligated to accept those results.  Nothing prohibits a police service from conducting additional interviews as deemed necessary.

Candidates may be removed from the selection process based on disclosures made during this assessment, or if the agency believes the applicant simply does not meet the organizational needs, or if the agency believes the applicant is simply not competitive with other applications.


Behavior Descriptive Interview
The second interview is a behavioral-based interview that is designed to explore the candidate’s competencies, including:


1. Adaptability/Decisiveness
The ability and confidence to vary between being flexible and holding firm on a decision, depending on what the situation requires, showing leadership by adjusting one’s approach to the demands of a particular task or by taking and maintaining a position in a self-assured manner.


2. Initiative/Perseverance
The ability to be willing to take action to address needs without being requested to do so, staying on task to completion, particularly in the face of obstacles or other trying circumstances.

 

3. Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work effectively with different people and teams of people by putting others at ease, acknowledging diverse opinions, addressing relevant concerns, minimizing conflict, promoting harmony, cooperating with others and working toward consensual solutions to achieve the group’s objectives.


4. Organizational Skills
The ability to identify and set priorities, to plan and effectively allocate appropriate resources, to attend to detail so that relevant issues are addressed and high quality outcomes result.


5. Stress Management
The ability to work well under pressure or opposition, while maintaining effectiveness and self- control in the midst of any one or combination of stressors, including emotional strain, ambiguity, risk to self and fatigue.


6. Valuing Service and Diversity
The ability to be sensitive to client and community needs and perceptions by providing prompt, efficient and equitable service and involving clients and community in the resolution of problems that affect them.


* Responses to questions during the Behavior Descriptive Interview are to be in the STAR format. (Situation or Task, Action and Result)


Stage Four – Integrity and Psychometric Testing
The Medicine Hat Police Service uses the polygraph for the purpose of information verification   to check the accuracy and completeness of disclosures supplied by an applicant.

All Municipal Police Services in the Province of Alberta use the following psychometric evaluations. A qualified Chartered Psychologist administers and interprets the results of the tests.   

Minnesota Multiphasic Inventory-2 (MMPI-2)Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III)16 Personality Factors Questionnaire (16 PF)

Candidates reaching this stage are required to produce the following documents prior to the background stage.

1.  Resume
2.  Three to Five reference letters (to be obtained from reputable adults who can attest to the candidate’s character)
3.  Copy of operator’s license and documentation of special qualifications (Driver training, self defense, life
saving, etc.)

Stage Five – Background – Security Investigation
A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted on applicants who continue in the process.  The background investigation includes, but is not limited to:

Criminal history and Police Information checks
Reference checks
Credit checks


Stage Six – Selection – Hiring Decision
All information collected in the previous stages of the selection process is reviewed and compared to the selection criteria.  A summary report on the candidates is submitted to the  Office of the Chief of Police for final selection.  A conditional offer of employment may be made at this stage.  The offer is conditional on medical clearance.


Stage Seven – Pre-Employment Medical
A Pre-Employment medical examination conducted by the Calgary Fire Department – Wellness Centre is conducted during the final stage of the process.  The Calgary Fire Department Physician provides an opinion on the capability of the candidate to perform the duties of a front line Police Constable. This opinion determines the acceptance or disqualification of the candidate for employment.  The Calgary Fire Department is contracted by the Medicine Hat Police Service,  and  conduct police employment specific medical and laboratory testing  in compliance with the Alberta Solicitor General guidelines.

Self Assess .pdf

Application and Deferrals
Applications are valid for one year from the date of submission.  Applicants who have been out of the selection
process beyond the one year mandate of their application are required to submit a new application.
Three unsuccessful attempts at any point from the interview, polygraph, psychological, or background components of the selection process, inclusive of all application incidents, precludes reapplication to the
Medicine Hat Police Service. Candidate may be deferred, without appeal at any stage of the selection process, based on competitiveness.  In some cases, permanent disqualification from reapplication may occur irrespective of deferral policy.

Contact the Recruiting Team: recruiting@mhps.ca


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