Update - Trans Canada Way & 13 Ave Intersection

The intersection of Trans Canada Way and 13 Avenue is now open.  Thank you for yor patience.


Male Charged with B&E & Assault with Weapon

On October 23, 2020 shortly after midnight the Medicine Hat Police responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence located in the 300 block of 4 Street NW. When officers arrived on scene they found that the home had been forcefully entered, bear spray was used and the lone female occupant was assaulted. Further investigation revealed that the accused had also brandished a firearm during the commission of the offence.

Resulting from this investigation a 42-year-old Medicine Hat male was charged with the following offences:

  • Break and enter / commit assault with a weapon
  • Break and enter / commit robbery
  • Failing to comply with release conditions x 6
  • Breaching a firearms prohibition order
  • Possession of weapon dangerous to the public x 2
  • Possess firearm knowing the possession was unlawful

This was a targeted incident and there is no immediate threat to the public.

The accused is currently in custody awaiting a Judicial Interim Release hearing. The name of the individual cannot be released at this time.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Jason Graham
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8461


Motor Vehicle Collision - Trans Canada Way & 13 Avenue

The Medicine Hat Police is currently at the scene of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Trans Canada Way and 13 Avenue. We ask that you avoid this area as traffic is being re-directed.


Male Charged with Dangerous Driving & PSP

On October 23,, 2020 at approximately 2:30 AM the Medicine Hat Police attempted to stop a red SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed on Parkview Drive. The driver did not comply and due to the speed at which the vehicle was traveling and in consideration of the risk to public safety the pursuit was discontinued. The same vehicle was located shortly thereafter, and a male was observed running from it. This male was apprehended and taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was later determined to be stolen with a stolen license plate as well.

Resulting from this investigation a 29-year-old Medicine Hat male has been charged with the following offences;

  • Dangerous Driving,
  • Flight from Police,
  • Possession of Stolen Property,
  • Trespass at Night,
  • Resist Arrest,
  • Breach of Probation

The male is currently being held in custody awaing a Judicial Interim Release Hearing and as such the name of the individual can not be released at this time.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Jason Graham
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8461


Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS), after consultation with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, has charged a MHPS police officer with one count of sexual assault in connection with an off-duty incident.

On October 11, 2020 the MHPS responded to a report of a sexual assault that had occurred at a local licensed establishment. Upon arrival at the scene it was determined that the accused was an off duty MHPS officer. As a result, the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s Director of Law Enforcement was notified as required by Section 46.1 of the Police Act. The Director of Law Enforcement directed that the MHPS continue with the investigation of the incident. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the file was forwarded to Edmonton for an independent review by a member of the Crown Prosecution Service who determined that the legal test for proceeding with the prosecution of the charge was met.

On October 23, 2020, Cst. Chance Franklin was charged with one count of sexual assault. Cst. Franklin is a 12-year member of the MHPS. He was immediately placed on administrative duties while the investigation was conducted and has since been relieved from duty without pay.

Upon conclusion of the matter in court, it is anticipated that the internal disciplinary process under the Police Act will follow. The disciplinary process determines whether any discipline, up to and including dismissal, is appropriate.

In order to ensure appropriate oversight, the Chair of the Medicine Hat Police Commission and the Director of Law Enforcement, have been provided with updates on the progress of this investigation on an ongoing basis.

“Police officers are held to a high standard of conduct as they have been sworn to serve and protect” says MHPS Chief Andy McGrogan. “The MHPS understands and respects the importance of transparency with and accountability to the members of our community, however as this matter is now before the courts the MHPS will be unable to provide further comment at this time.”

Media Contact:

Rita Sittler
Administrative Services Manager
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416


Downtown Patrol Unit

The Medicine Hat Police Service is pleased to introduce the members of the newly formed Downtown Patrol Unit (DPU). Sergeant Brian Bohrn will lead the team and will be supported by Constables Jason Van Mulligen and Lori Parasynchuk.

Throughout his career with the MHPS, Sgt. Bohrn has demonstrated excellent communication, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills. He has 16 years of policing experience with previous experience in the Patrol and Major Crimes Sections as well as the Traffic Unit.

Cst. Van Mulligen has 23 years of policing experience and has served in the Community Safety Section and Traffic Unit. Cst. VanMulligen has training in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and has strong communication skills as well as many valued community relationships.

Cst. Parasynchuk has 13 years of policing experience primarily the in Patrol Section. Cst. Parasynchuk has prioritized the downtown core in her patrol duties and as a result has formed many well established community connections.

The DPU was formed to address public behaviour concerns and increase the feeling of safety for residents and businesses in the downtown. The unit will patrol an area including; North Railway to 3rd Avenue SE, River Road SE to the SE Hill, with specific attention on maximizing public safety during peak business hours in the downtown core.

The primary objectives of the DPU will be met through a combination of presence, stewardship and enforcement activities including;

Foot Patrols: Foot patrols are a well-established means of deterrence, detection, observation and community engagement. Foot patrols will be at the very core of policing activity downtown.

Partnership Building: The downtown is home to many social service agencies and groups that have collaborative partnerships with police and/or have clients that frequently deal with law enforcement. Building relationships and sharing information will enhance operational efficiently as well as provide intervention services for individuals to access mental health / addictions resources required.

Relationship Building: The downtown and North Railway areas are home to many longtime residents, tenants, business owners, transients and some homeless individuals. Building relationships will be key to detecting and deterring crime and disorder.

Enforcement: Members of the DPU will enforce the Criminal Code of Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as well as Provincial statutes and city of Medicine Hat bylaws.

Licensed Premises Security and Safety: Officers must be proactive in optimizing the safety of patrons and staff.

The anticipated outcome of this unit will be a reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour, increased feeling of safety and enhanced community relationships with the Service. unit will be augmented by members of the MHPS School Resource Unit during the summer months.

Media Contact:

Sgt. Brian Bohrn
Downtown Patrol Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-594-0638


Trans Canada Highway REOPENED


The TransCanada Highway has been reopened in both directions however driving conditions continue to be poor.  Please drive with caution and avoid unnecessary travel if possible.


Be advised that due to icy roads and white out conditions, the Trans Canada Highway between Redcliff and 1 Street SW are closed until the highways can be attended to by Volker Stevin.   Police are at the scenes of multiple collisions within the city limits.


Motor Vehicle Collison – 1 Street SE and Division Avenue South

On the evening of October 16th at about 9:45 pm the Medicine Hat Police Service along with other emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on 1 Street SE at Division Avenue South.  The investigation revealed that a Chrysler Intrepid lost control while travelling eastbound on 1 Street SE, struck a parked truck on the right shoulder, overcorrected and rolled on its roof.  A pickup that was travelling westbound on 1 Street SE then struck the Intrepid as it rested on its roof.  The driver of the westbound truck sustained only minor injuries.  The estimated value of the damages is around $10,000.  Drugs and/or alcohol were not contributing factors to this collision. 


Division Ave S / 1 St SE Collision Update

Investigators are now clear of collision scene at Division Avenue South and 1 Street SE.  The roadway is now open to the public.  Additional information to follow.


Motor Vehicle Collision

The Medicine Hat Police is currently at the scene of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Division Avenue South and 1 Street SE.  Please avoid this area as traffic is being re-directed.