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Eight police recruits begin training in Medicine Hat this week

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on January 16, 2024.

Eight police recruits will take place in a 24-week training program hosted by the Medicine Hat Police Service in partnership with the Blood Tribe Police Service and Lethbridge College.--PHOTO COURTESY MHPS

The Medicine Hat Police Service has eight recruits starting training this week in partnership with the Blood Tribe Service and Lethbridge College.

The eight recruits will participate in the 24-week program, with this being the fifth time since 2016 the college’s police training program has been hosted by the MHPS.

“The MHPS is excited to once again host the police training program,” said chief Al Murphy in a release. “Upon graduation the successful officers will fill existing staff vacancies and compliment the officers who currently serve and protect our community.”

The class contains four MHPS and four BTPS recruits and provides participants with skills and knowledge such as de-escalation, interpersonal problem solving, professionalism, adaptability, community service, firearms, public safety, organizational awareness, teamwork, report writing and investigative techniques.

Those who graduate from the competency-based program earn academic credentials that meet the Alberta Provincial Policing Standards.

“Lethbridge College’s police training program is a unique offering that partners regional police services with our institution,” said Trudi Mason, dean, Centre for Justice and Human Services. “We value our ongoing partnership with the MHPS and look forward to providing recruits with relevant training that meets the needs of the agency and the communities they will serve.”

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