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Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Fort Macleod reminded the solicitor general the town is waiting anxiously for the start of construction of the police college. Council members met in Edmonton with Solicitor General Fred Lindsay.

“We expressed very strongly to the solicitor general that while we weren’t being impatient, we were getting very anxious,” Mayor Shawn Patience said.

The province announced in August 2006 the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre will be built in Fort Macleod.

Fort Macleod officials had anticipated work would have commenced by now on the site in the southeast corner of town.

“We need to get the shovels in the ground,” Patience said.

The police college was predicted in 2006 to cost $110-million, but the price tag has since risen to a reported $260-million.

The province has not yet decided which company will build the college through a private-public partnership. The list of nine applicants has been whittled to two.

“Certainly Mr. Lindsay is still very supportive of the project,” Patience said.

The government wants to build the college to train 1,400 police and peace officer recruits each year.

The college will also serve as a centre of excellence for policing, where police and peace officers from around the world would come for professional development.

“Certainly the need for the police college has not diminished whatsoever,” Patience said.

Fort Macleod rallied a tremendous community effort in 2005 and 2006 to convince government officials the police college should be built here. The Town of Fort Macleod offered an ambitious package that included free land and utility services for the site.

Patience reiterated to Lindsay the community’s continued support for the police college.

“We told him if there was anything we needed to do we were certainly prepared to do that,” Patience said.

The mayor came away from the meeting with Lindsay in Edmonton at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention optimistic good news will be forthcoming.

“Mr. Lindsay suggested he would like to have he whole decision-making process done before the province goes into its budget in February,” Patience said.

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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