Beyond the Badge

By: Medicine Hat Police Service

Beyond the Badge - 2018 in review

January 4, 2019 - 10:50pm

The Police Service had a very event-filled year in 2018. For the first time in the history of the Medicine Hat Police Service, the Police Commission bylaws were altered to add two members to the governing body. The change has allowed more diversity and greatly enriched the discussions regarding the governance of the Police Service.

Beyond the Badge - The evolution of police recruitment

November 19, 2018 - 9:00am

When I was a child, my father was an RCMP officer at several detachments throughout Southern Alberta. I remember the stories he would tell me about different crimes he investigated and the calls he attended. He would also tell me about his RCMP training and how police recruits at the time were required to be a certain height and weight to enlist, and were required to swim long distances and compete in boxing tournaments with fellow cadet officers.

Beyond the Badge: The Evolution of MHPS Victim Services

October 13, 2018 - 11:39am

Victims of crime are unexpectedly plunged into the criminal justice system by an act that has caused significant harm to their lives or to the lives of their loved ones. Already forced to deal with sudden victimization and loss, they often feel frustration and anxiety by the processes of the criminal justice system as it is complex and sometimes feels unsympathetic to them and their needs. To the victim of crime any court proceedings can be bewildering, as they often have limited knowledge, experience and understanding of the law, the court system and its procedures.

Beyond the Badge - The Future of Data Management

June 28, 2018 - 9:35am

When members of the public discuss the issues surrounding the police, they will often speak of crime trends, public order issues, traffic concerns or the visibility of members of the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS). Rarely discussed would be issues relating to the storage and access of information. Currently the MHPS has approximately 40 Terabytes of data stored on site. If printed, this would amount to the equivalent to 2 million trees worth of paper, and would be four times as large as the printed collection of the entire United States Library of Congress.

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.

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