Beyond the Badge

By: Medicine Hat Police Service

Beyond the Badge - The Transformation of Policing In Medicine Hat

August 1, 2017 - 2:55pm

Throughout 2017, communities across the country are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation and looking back in wonderment as to how our society has changed and grown during this time. Although not as old as Canada, the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) has been serving this community since 1899. Policing has changed markedly since those early days, when we policed the community on foot and on horseback with nothing more than a notebook, a pencil and maybe a handgun.

Beyond the Badge: More than 'catching bad guys'

May 11, 2017 - 10:11am

When I began my policing career in Calgary 22 years ago, I was trained by those who had policed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I very distinctly remember my field training officer looking over at me and saying, "Our job is to apprehend criminals."

That stuck with me and it certainly remains a core function of law enforcement officers, however the public expectation and the expectation of ourselves demands more.

Beyond the Badge: Looking for a routine job? If so, do not apply

April 8, 2017 - 12:27am

A career as a police officer can be immensely varied and rewarding. The daily working environment can vary from a patrol car, to the street conducting a foot patrol, riding a bike or working at the station on an assignment. You could be assigned to work in one of our many specialty units, talking to kids in a school or attending court to provide evidence. Sometimes the working conditions can be physically demanding, potentially dangerous, and at times deeply distressing, but we promise you it will never be routine.

Beyond the Badge: Community consultation necessary before implementing supervised consumption sites

March 10, 2017 - 11:08pm Updated: March 13, 2017 - 10:15am

Nationally, the implementation and creation of supervised consumption sites for those who have addictions to opioid-based pharmaceuticals or illegal narcotics is on the rise. Larger municipalities are seeing an insurgence of opioid-based substance abuse, and have felt the impact of social issues surrounding intravenous users.