Medicine Hat Events FPM

Here is a list of upcoming events from the Medicine Hat Police Service:

- March 24
Coop Mall – Officers from Medicine Hat Police Service with a member of the BBB will be a the COOP mall to discuss fraud, scams and identity theft issues – 9am-12pm

- March 25
 Medicine Hat Mall – Officers from Medicine Hat Police Service will be a the COOP mall to discuss fraud, scams and identity theft issues- 9am-12pm

- March 28
E-recycling event – Electronic Recycling Association(ERA) will be at REDI Recycling in Medicine Hat from 10am to 2 pm. Individuals wishing to destroy old hard drives, cell phones or other small personal, information sensitive electronics can attend and watch as their items are destroyed on site.


For more details, please contact:

Cst. Camille Darr #343
Community Safety Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
403-529-7155 cell
403-529-8454 office

Recognizing Inspiring Work that Protects our Communities

A message from  the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Recognizing Inspiring Work that Protects our Communities

Albertans can nominate a group or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to community safety.

The Alberta Community Justice Awards recognize those who are dedicated to their work in community safety, crime prevention and the criminal justice system.

These individuals and groups support community justice and improve quality of life by helping to address problems in their communities.

“All around us there are outstanding individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to keep Albertans safe. I encourage everyone to recognize them with a nomination.” -Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

The awards acknowledge the people behind the innovative projects in the areas of victims’ services, youth justice committees, restorative justice programs and other crime prevention efforts.

Nomination categories include:

  • Leadership;
  • Innovation;
  • Service Enhancement;
  • Community Mobilization; and
  • Partnerships and Collaboration.

To nominate a community leader, submit a completed application form by February 13, 2015.

The Alberta Community Justice Awards ceremony will be in Edmonton in May. The event will be co-hosted by the Government of Alberta and the Edmonton Police Service.


ACCPA’s 2014 Workshop – A Success Story!

Thank you everyone for attending the ACCPA 2014 Workshop on ‘Bringing Alberta Together…Building Resilient Communities’. It was a great success and we hope you enjoyed the presentations from the various provincial municipalities showcasing their collaborative efforts in working with other agencies/services to help reduce crime.

The ACCPA Team would like to especially thank Sheldon Kennedy as our keynote speaker addressing “how government, corporate and community can work together to build more resilient communities”. His heartfelt speech about his personal experiences as well as his efforts in building the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre was truly inspiring for all of us!

In addition, the ACCPA team would like to thank the presenters from Grande Prairie Crime Prevention and Grande Prairie RCMP; Crime Prevention Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Wood Buffalo RCMP; REACH Edmonton and John Howard Society, Edmonton, and from Brooks: Centra Safe House, Healthy Families Outreach, and Brooks RCMP. All the presentations were very informative in terms of identifying the benefits and challenges on crime prevention collaborations. These tips will definitely help new, as well as existing collaboration efforts in the Alberta communities!

Thanks again to those of you that attended the workshop and the ACCPA Team hope to see you again for next year’s workshop!

ACCPA 2014 Workshop pictures:

Sheldon Kennedy 2
(Sheldon Kennedy, Keynote Speaker)

Edited -ACCPA members and Sheldon Kennedy
(Lucy Wang, Research Consultant; Karen Gariepy, ACCPA Pres.; Dr.John Winterdyk, ACCPA Director; Lillian Jones, ACCPA Ex. Dir.; Sheldon Kennedy)

ACCPA President
(Karen Gariepy, ACCPA Pres.)

Carsten from Solicitor General
(Carsten Erbe, Crime Prevention & Restorative Justice, AB Justice & Solicitor General)

(Cst. Kara Hagen, Lethbridge Police Service,  ACCPA Director & Workshop M.C.)

Presenter #1-1
(Cst. Tracie Sanikopoulos, RCMP, Grande Prairie)

Presenter #1
(Dawn Elliott, Child & Youth Intervention, Grande Prairie)

Presenter #2
(Mark Kay, Crime Prevention Liaison, Wood Buffalo & ACCPA Director)

Presenter #3
(Cst. Kandice Perry, RCMP, Wood Buffalo)

Presenter #4
(Liz Lacika, Edmonton John Howard (seated) & Jan Fox, REACH Edmonton Ex. Dir.)

Presenter #5
(Shauna Bell, Ex. Dir., Cantara Safe House, Brooks)

(Clarion Hotel Conference Room, ACCPA Workshop)

Registration desk
(Lucy Wang, Research Consultant; Tony Chin, ACCPA treas/Director; & Sgt. Darryl Urano, RCMP AB “K” Div. Edmonton & ACCPA Director)

ACCPA team
(Tony Chin, ACCPA Treas/Director; S.Sgt. Dean Hamm, RCMP AB “K” Div., Edmonton & ACCPA Director; Sgt. Darryl Urano, RCMP AB “K” Div. Edmonton & ACCPA Director) 

ACCPA 2014 November Workshop Presentations

Good day everyone!

For those of you that have missed any of the presentations or would like to go over them again, the presenters have kindly shared them with us!

Please click on the attached PowerPoints below:

Grande Prairie Youth Intervention
CPTED- Crime Prevention Through Environment Design
Wood Buffalo Citizens on Patrol
WrapEd- Youth Gang Prevention
Domestic Violence Intervention Team

ACCPA 2014 Workshop Schedule – Tuesday, November 25, 2014

8:00 – 8:30 am                        Registration Desk Opens

8:30 – 8:45 am                        Opening of Workshop – Karen Gariepy, ACCPA President
                                                                         Workshop Emcee – Sarah Thompson, ACCPA Board Member

8:45 – 9:00 am                        Welcoming Remarks: AB Ministry Justice and Solicitor General

9:00 – 9:45 am                         Keynote SpeakerSheldon Kennedy                                           

9:45 – 10:00 am                       Question and Answer Period

10:00 – 10:15 am                     BREAK

10:15 – 11:15 am                     Presenter: Grande Prairie

11:15 – 11:45 am                     Annual General Meeting

11:45 am – 12:30 pm              LUNCH

12:30 – 1:30 pm                       Presenter: Fort McMurray

1:30 – 2:30 pm                         Presenter: REACH Edmonton

2:30 – 2:45 pm                         BREAK

2:45 – 3:45 pm                         Presenter: Brooks

3:45 – 4:15 pm                         Question and Answer Period     

4:15 – 4:30 pm                         WRAP-UP and BAG LUNCH

Have a safe journey home!”


October 2014 Column – Putting Environmental Design & Social Planning for Safer Communities to work in Alberta

This months’ column is prepared by Steve Woolrich, a former board member of ACCPA and now a private consultant based in Red Deer. Steve works with various municipalities and other provincially based crime prevention initiatives such as the Alberta Gang Reduction Network. One of Steve’s recent projects is a clear example of how crime prevention initiatives can involve a whole community and how it can improve the Safety and perceived quality of life. We hope you enjoy this months’ column and welcome any feedback you might have


Can we design out crime and reduce the potential for violence, property crime and social disorder in the communities we live? Absolutely, one solution is called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and it’s been constantly evolving. The origins of CPTED date back to the 1960s but many practitioners are shifting their attention to what is referred to as Second Generation CPTED. In many cases community planners, security professionals, police agencies and architects are still using traditional methods. It’s time to take a second look and embrace an improved approach that better suits the needs and concerns of all community stakeholders.

The International CPTED Association (ICA) defines it as a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social and administrative environment. As a practitioner of both traditional and second-generation methodologies the proof as they say is in the pudding. How can we interact and feel safe in our environment without considering the social cohesion that must exist in order for a community to be healthy and thrive?

This summer a new initiative called Art Alley was launched in Red Deer, Alberta and embraced both traditional and second generation CPTED. The Red Deer Downtown Business Association and the City of Red Deer Social Planning department funded the project. Being asked to lead the summer project was an eye opener and only strengthened my belief that all communities can benefit from using these strategies. The initiative focused around a particular back alley known to many of the downtown businesses, residents and RCMP.

After several planning meetings, a project team was chosen consisting of five local artists including Danielle Stewart a photographer/videographer that visually documented the work. The other four artists included Stephen Birch, Jesse Gouchey, Emily Thomson and Mike Villasana. All the artists brought their own unique styles to the various walls of the area, including a series of small murals on the John Howard Society. The game plan was to not only create great art and revitalize the area but invite several high-risk youth to work closely with the artists. One particular young fellow with a zest for art enjoyed the experience immensely. For the most part, all of the murals were painted using spray paint, Gouchey and Birch’s preferred medium. However, Thomson and Villasana added their own unique brush strokes creating two very artistic pieces of their own.

So, the bottom-line always comes down to results, especially for those funding a project such as Art Alley. Did it change the environment and improve safety? Has there been an impact on crime? Was there success and will Art Alley be funded again in 2015. The response is an overwhelming Yes! The local businesses and social agencies in the area claim that it has brought new vitality and some much needed color to the downtown. Many folks are no longer afraid to walk down the alley because it seems that there are suddenly lots of people wanting to take in the sights. Seems it’s also slowed down traffic, improving safety. Last but not least, some great mentoring occurred with other social agencies hoping to jump on board next summer and help paint the town Red – Deer

How does environmental design or CPTED factor into this project! The (3) primary and (2) supporting principles typically used are:

  1. Natural Surveillance
  2. Territorial Reinforcement
  3. Natural Access Control
  4. Activity Support
  5. Maintenance

The Art Alley project has created more eyes on the street (alley), improving natural surveillance. More street art has helped develop a new sense of territorial influence by building and business owners while discouraging access to some crime targets. The increased activity support and improved maintenance around the mural sites is a welcomed improvement – a win, win situation for everyone but the criminals.

Visit the Art Alley Facebook Page

For more information on CPTED visit the International CPTED Association

The answers are all around us, each and every day. As community members and crime prevention practitioners we should be helping to foster a culture of caring and encouraging strong partnerships that will remain sustainable for years to come. It’s projects such as Alberta based Art Alley project that can help all of us to care more, connect with others and communicate through various mediums, including street art.