Beyond the Badge

By: Medicine Hat Police Service

Beyond the Badge: The Evolution of Policing Services and The New Normal

May 17, 2018 - 10:00am

Policing in Medicine Hat is evolving from what was traditionally been thought of as simply the role of conducting law enforcement activities and keeping the peace. Although these remain two important functions of policing there is much more going on than meets the eye. The Medicine Hat Police Service has been evolving its role to include delivering community-oriented policing initiatives in partnership with other community agencies.

Beyond the Badge - Body worn cameras

April 19, 2018 - 9:55am

Body Worn Cameras. Do we adopt the technology or not?

That is a big question as we focus on preparing our 2019-2022 business plan. The answer seems obvious until you start considering all the factors. As you may know, the Medicine Hat Police Service has been testing both in-car cameras and body worn cameras for several months now and we are still weighing the cost versus the benefit.

Beyond the Badge - From applicant to cadet to officer

January 11, 2018 - 12:48pm

“Let us cultivate our Garden.” - Voltaire

After successfully navigating nine months of police aptitude testing, physical fitness, background checks, polygraphs and seven stages of the selection processes, the nearly 100 police cadet applicants were reduced to eight who will participate in the 2018 MHPS cadet class. The Cadet Recruit Training is delivered in a pre-employment model, which means the cadets compete in a rigorous 20-week training program, where only the top candidates are selected to join the ranks of the MHPS.

Beyond the Badge - End of the year report

December 20, 2017 - 4:49pm Updated: December 21, 2017 - 11:24am

I have had the honor of serving the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) as the Police Chief for the past nine years, and at the end of every year, when I report on the events and news, I am reminded of what a strange business we are in. Many organizations report profits, losses, new innovations and such but we are more likely to report the number of murders, mental health issues, new drug addiction trends and other tragedies and trends that we experience as a community throughout the year.

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