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Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Work is progressing rapidly on the $100-million Police and Peace Officer Training Centre in Fort Macleod.

Mayor Shawn Patience and Coun. Christine Trowbridge attended the first meeting of the steering committee earlier this month.

“I was very impressed and surprised to see the amount of work they have done on this, especially on the curriculum,” Mayor Shawn Patience said. “They are a long way from completing it, but they have done an awful lot of work.”

Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko announced Aug. 30 the centre where 1,000 police and 500 peace officer recruits will be trained each year will be built in Fort Macleod.

Two Alberta Infrastructure staff members have been appointed to work on the design, and other work is ongoing.

“They’re moving forward,” Patience said.

Construction of the centre, which is expected to create 75 to 100 full-time jobs in Fort Macleod, will begin early in 2008.

Construction will take about 20 months.

Police chiefs from around the province along with representatives from Advanced Education and Alberta Infrastructure were at the Nov. 8 meeting.

“They brought everybody into the fold,” Patience said. “It was important from my perspective that Fort Macleod was sitting there.”

The 19 people at the meeting in Edmonton reviewed the project’s background, progress and schedule.

“They are setting this up so they meet the needs of everyone in the province,” Patience said of plans for the training centre.

There was also discussion on governance of the college, resources, distance learning opportunities and the community’s connection with the college.

“It is now time we bring the police college task force together, or change it to become a liaison committee,” Patience said of the group of volunteers who prepared Fort Macleod’s bid for the college.

The community will be asked to indicate in detail what services it can provide to the college, the staff and the recruits.

In turn, the community will be asked what services the college can provide to the community.

“How can the community benefit from this facility?” Patience said. “How can the facility benefit from the community?”

The government will later ask post-secondary institutions to propose a fully-developed curriculum for the college.

The Justice department is now working with police commissions in Alberta to define their training budgets for 2009-’10, when the first recruits are expected in Fort Macleod.

Patience and Trowbridge said Fort Macleod can’t waste any time in getting involved in the facility’s development.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity,” Patience said. “It’s going to take a lot of foresight and thought on our part.”

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Index of Police College Stories - Listed by release date in Gazette

Apr 24 - Fort Macleod town council is planning for the future

Jan 10 - Province gives Fort Macleod $10.26-million for police college costs

Sep 11 - Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod residents devastated by decision to scrap police college

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod asks premier to reverse college decision

Sep 03 - Fort Macleod calls on premier to reverse police college decision

Aug 29 - Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Aug 29 - Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

Aug 01 - Police training facility will be unique in Canada

Nov 01 - Province approves grant for police college infrastructure

Oct 19 - Target schedule is set to build police college

Sep 27 - Stakeholders convene to discuss police college

Aug 24 - Police college sod-turning ‘a great day for Fort Macleod’

Aug 16 - Police college sod-turning Mon. Aug. 22

Jul 26 - Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

May 17 - Province moving ahead with police college plans

May 03 - Council okays transfer of police college land

Apr 05 - Police college site work could start in summer

Dec 01 - Macleod finds way to build police college

Dec 01 - Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

Nov 30 - Macleod feels positive about police college

Aug 25 - Police college partner possible

Aug 18 - Council works on own plan for police college

Jul 07 - Calgary project no threat to police college

Jun 09 - Mayor pushes solicitor general for collect action

Mar 31 - Macleod’s neighbours support police college

Mar 31 - Mayor says government just has to make college a priority

Dec 30 - MD council writes to support police college

Dec 02 - Southern Alberta backs police college

Nov 25 - Regional group lobbies for police college

Sep 23 - Police college has not been shelved — yet

Jul 29 - Mayor: ‘Police college project not cancelled’

May 06 - Infrastructure minister says college a priority

Apr 22 - Facebook page supports police college

Apr 01 - Council lobbies for progress on police college

Feb 18 - Solicitor General urges police college patience

Nov 04 - Police college discussed during Question Period

Nov 04 - Macleod mayor confident police college is coming

Oct 21 - Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Apr 16 - Province gets nine police college proposals

Mar 12 - Macleod can do business with police college

Sep 05 - Province reviews police college P3 proposals

Jun 26 - Police college Web site created

Jun 06 - Police college project is on track

May 30 - Police college officials visit Fort Macleod

May 23 - Police college headlines open house

Mar 28 - Solicitor General: ‘Police college is coming to Macleod’

Jan 31 - Mayor strikes police college committee

Nov 22 - Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Sep 13 - Opportunity knocking for Fort Macleod

Sep 13 - Macleod prepares to guide growth

Sep 13 - Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

Sep 13 - Mayor weathers police college criticism

Sep 13 - Fort Macleod celebrates successful college bid

Sep 06 - Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

Sep 06 - P3 partners sought for police college

Sep 06 - Police training centre will be world-class

Dec 21 - Council designates land for police college

Dec 21 - Macleod’s police college bid in province’s hands

Nov 23 - Task force builds police college bid

Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college