Beyond the Badge - Police Community Engagement & Appreciation for Community Diversity

March 15, 2019 - 10:13am

MHPS prides itself as an organization that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the diversity of the citizens of the city. MHPS is continually seeking out opportunities to work in partnership with Medicine Hat’s diverse groups to reduce crime and victimization by strengthening trust, communication, and collaboration with one another. We recognize and respond to the needs of our diverse city by building links with our community partners and seeking out opportunities to learn and understand their problems or concerns.

The past few weeks have been busy for MHPS with all the community activities we have participated in. In late February, the Miywasin Friendship Centre invited MHPS to attend the fifth annual Healing and Reconciliation Week. Members of the Police service participated in numerous learning activities which included listening to teachings of the Elders, learning about the residential schools, participating in round dances, sacred fire ceremonies and the walk for reconciliation to name but a few.

In the same week several members of MHPS participated in a surprise send off at the CORE association to wish good luck on to two Special Olympian athletes from Medicine Hat as they travel to compete in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is a great honour for MHPS to be invited to recognize and support these athletes on their achievement in being selected for the world games. In March members will participate in the Polar Plunge, where police officers along with members of the community will jump into the icy waters of a frozen pond at the family Leisure centre to raise money for the annual Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative that in turn benefits the Special Olympians at future games.

A new activity for MHPS is our participation in the upcoming community event of Raising the Curtain. Three of our members volunteered to be part of this community celebration of diversity and inclusion that is taking place at various venues on March 19, 2018.  The MHPS event will be held in the Police Station and is organized around the themes of diversity, women in policing, bullying and gender equality.

All of these events and many others we participate in, provide MHPS opportunities to engage with our community in a way that is equitable, respectful and inclusive, while also discovering further opportunities to celebrate and showcase the rich diversity of our community. For MHPS, community engagement, relationship building, and creating partnership initiatives further serves to provide enhanced levels of learning and understanding of all cultural, religious, marginalized, and vulnerable people in our community. Through our engagement efforts we get to fully appreciate and understand that the diversity we have in Medicine Hat, is a source of strength that enriches and benefits all residents of the city.

Inspector Tim McGough served six years in the British Army and started his career with the Medicine Hat Police Service in 1991. He has served in numerous units, including patrols, Tactical Team and the Special Operations Unit.

Beyond the Badge
By Medicine Hat Police Service