Community Safety Unit

The Community Safety Unit has two main areas of focus: School Resource and Crime Prevention.

Crime Prevention

The members assigned to Crime Prevention participate in a variety of community safety programs including: Crime Stoppers and the Medicine Hat Safe Community Association, which is a non profit organization whose purpose is to provide advice and recommendations on matters relating to the programs and services that the Community Safety Unit of the Medicine Hat Police Service deliver to the community.

The Crime Prevention members of the unit are available to provide presentations on: Fraud Prevention, Basic Safety Information and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to community groups on an as requested basis.  To request a presentation contact Sgt. Michael Fischer by email at  In your request please ensure you provide the date, time, type of presentation requested and your contact information.  On Twitter you can follow the Community Safety Unit @MHPSCommSafety .

School Resource Officers

Having a safe and orderly school environment is essential to creating the foundation for effective teaching, reducing threats of physical harm, and encouraging cooperation among students and staff.

To assist in creating and maintaining a safe environment, the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program was developed in partnership between the school divisions and the Medicine Hat Police Service.

Role of the School Resource Officer:

  • Provide a visible presence in the school and the community.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with staff, students and parents, the community and police members.
  • Identify and resolve problems involving student, school and the community.
  • Serve as a part-time instructor, crime prevention practitioner and public relations liaison.
  • Enforce applicable federal and provincial statutes with the goal of maximizing the safety of students in the schools.
Encouraging Positive Informed Choices (EPIC) is a program designed by the Medicine Hat Police Service which builds on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program that was previously delivered in the schools prior to 2010. EPIC addresses issues identified as a concern in our community and offers ongoing education to Grade 4, 6 and 8 students at all elementary and middle schools in Medicine Hat. The DARE Program was previously only delivered to students in Grade 6.

The Medicine Hat Police Service encourages students and staff to utilize this resource to help inform and build relationships within the school environment and the community.

Sgt. Michael Fischer
phone: 403-529-8451