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Police Cadet Graduation

The graduation ceremonies of the 2018 Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) and Blood Tribe Police Service (BTPS) Cadet Training program will take place at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 25th, in the Patterson Armoury, located at 120 Cuyler Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alta.

Eleven cadets will graduate from the 20-week training program, including eight MHPS cadets and three BTPS recruits, who have met or exceeded provincial standards in the areas of police recruit training. The cadets will also receive academic accreditation through Lethbridge College for the knowledge and skills they have acquired through this competency-based educational program.

The training program is the result of a collaborative partnershipbetween the MHPS, BTPS, Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) andLethbridge College. The training program is unique as although a traditional classroom environment played an important role, much of the learning and assessment took place in real-life settings throughout the community.

“As a college, we are proud of our history of recruit training in the province,” says Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns, “and we value the opportunity to work with our community partners at the MHPS, LPS and BTPS in this innovative program. Helping to train new officers and contribute to their lifelong learning is just one way the college works towards its goal of leading and transforming education in Alberta.”

“From our organization’s perspective this training has been a tremendous growing and learning opportunity,” says MHPS Chief Andy McGrogan.  “Because of our strong partnership with Lethbridge College and a strong recruitment process, we are confident that we have highly skilled and trained police cadets as a result.”

“We are very proud to be a partner in this training program with the MHPS, LPS and Lethbridge College,” says BTPS Chief Kyle Melting Tallow. “Competency based training is key to the success of these cadets as they transition into the organization and begin to work in the community. We are very proud and excited to see our three cadets graduate from this program.”

Following graduation, the BTPS recruits will join the ranks as front line police officers on the Blood Reserve. The MHPS will engage in an evaluation and selection process which will see many of their cadets transition to positions as front line officers in Medicine Hat.

Members of the media and the public are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony.

Media inquiries:

Lisa Kozleski
Senior Writer and Editor, Lethbridge College
Office: 403-320-3202 ext. 5778
Email: lisa.kozleski@lethbridgecollege.ca

Rita Sittler (media contact at the graduation ceremony)
Administrative Services Manager, Medicine Hat Police Service
Office: 403-529-8416
Email: rita.sittler@mhps.ca

Farica Syrette
Inspector, Blood Tribe Police Service
Office 403-737-8800

Email: farica.syrette@bloodtribepolice.com