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Macleod’s neighbours support police college

The Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre is not just important to Fort Macleod.

People from other communities turned out March 23 to voice their support for the project.

“It’s an awesome thing for this town,” Granum Mayor Melva Stinson said. “It would be a great thing for our town too.”

More than 300 people came from Fort Macleod, Granum, Pincher Creek, Lethbridge, Barons, Calgary and other centres for the public meeting. MD of Willow Creek Reeve Henry Van Hierden also expressed his council’s support for the project.

“Anything we can do to help,” Van Hierden offered.

Pincher Creek Mayor Gary Mills made the trip to show his town’s support for the police college being built in Fort Macleod.

“The reason I’m here is to support the endeavours of the people of Fort Macleod,” Mills said.

Mills also spoke as a former member of the RCMP who understands the need for both basic and ongoing training.

Mills said RCMP departments in Alberta and western Canada find it challenging to get their members the professional development they need, after basic training at Depot.

There is limited space at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, where members take courses three to four days in length.

“One of the things we lack desperately in this country is a Canadian Police College West,” Mills told Oberle. “The ideal situation is a Canadian Police College West, right here in Fort Macleod.”

Oberle did not dispute the need for ongoing training in Alberta.

“A new officer just doesn’t go to college for a year and then he’s fully trained,” Oberle said.

Fort Macleod resident James Bilstad urged Oberle to make the police college a reality soon.

Bilstad compared the college to the proposed realignment of Highway 2 and Highway 3 at Fort Macleod, which has been talked about for years.

“I just hope this doesn’t go the way the highway and 40 years from now we’re still trying to get answers,” Bilstad said.

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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