120th Anniversary of the MHPS

January 13, 2019 marks the 120th anniversary of the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS).  The proud history of the Service can be traced back to the passing of Bylaw Number 8 in 1899, which first created the position of a Town Constable.  This position, with a salary of $50 per month and two uniforms annually, would have the combined duties of: Inspector, Health Officer and Policeman. 

MHPS Department in 1913

After sharing a car with the Fire Department, the Service bought its own vehicle in 1917, one that was only to be used during emergency cases, and bicycles that were reserved for patrolling at night.  Horses and motorcycle patrols were soon after added to the transportation mode of the MHPS as a means of getting around a rapidly growing city.

Cst Archibald Fisher Mounted Patrol in 1925

Serving the community with pride through professional and progressive policing over the past 120 years, the MHPS currently employees 112 police officers, 8 community peace officers, 26 civilian staff and 3 contract employees.  .

Patrol Team 3 on January 11, 2019

MHPS marked vehicles in 2019

Of the current staff, the longest serving employee is Karen Eisenbarth, who has been with the MHPS since November 3, 1977.  Over her 41 years, Karen has served in a variety of different areas and currently works in the Major Crimes Section in a support role.

To learn more about the history of the MHPS click here or visit the MHPS Museum that is located inside the lobby of the MHPS. The museum outlines the rich history of the Service from 1899 to the present time with interesting displays of equipment and uniforms used during this period to safeguard the citizens of Medicine Hat. The Museum is open to the public Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Plans are being developed to mark the anniversary in various ways throughout 2019.

Media Contact:

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