Safe Families Intervention Team
The Safe Families Intervention Team (SFIT) is a partnership that was formed between the Medicine Hat Police Service and the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society (MHWSS). This newly formed unit is housed in the Medicine Hat Police Service building and consists of one MHPS Constable and two MHWSS outreach workers.
The Mission of this unit is to provide a collaborative, timely and effective team response in partnership with support agencies to assist families in dealing with incidents of family violence. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to live a violent free life.
We strive to achieve the following outcomes:
- Provide early identification and the appropriate assessment(s) of families that may be in need of family violence intervention referral service
- Reduce repeat domestic violence related calls to MHPS
- Ensure that women and children have access to services with MHWSS
- Provide the necessary resources, services and referrals for families to establish healthy violence free relationships
In an effort to achieve these outcomes, we make follow-up
calls on police reported instances to see if there is some way we can help the
family involved. We also establish
contact when families are either referred to us by others or are self-referred.
If you are in an abusive relationship and would like information about creating a safety plan - click here to for a Strategies for Safety quick reference guide
The MHPS Constable of this Unit also has a dual role in that he is the Mental Health Liaison for the Police Service.
Cst. Ty Claypool
Community Liaison Officer
Medicine Hat Police Service