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Police college partner possible

The Town of Fort Macleod will spend $25,000 to help a company explore options to build the police college.

Council voted Aug. 9 following a closed session to work with the St. Albert-based Commonwealth Corporate Support Services Group Canada Ltd.

“Commonwealth is a group we’re working with,” Mayor Shawn Patience confirmed Monday. “It is a group that specializes in development of P3s.”

A private-public partnership is the provincial government’s preferred way of building the Alberta Peace and Police Officer Training Centre in Fort Macleod.

Patience was tight-lipped about the arrangement with Commonwealth, only saying there are some options to be considered.

“We don’t want releasing the details to impact how this works,” Patience said. “Exposing the process could have a very negative impact on the process. Shortly we’ll be able to reveal the details.”

According to the company’s Web site, Commonwealth Corporate Support Services Group Canada Ltd. is registered in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. to assist governments, societies, not-for-profit groups, school boards and not-for-profit co-operatives design, build, finance, operate and maintain infrastructure projects such as the police college. Commonwealth is involved in 30 projects. Patience and Town of Fort Macleod municipal manager Barry Elliott have met recently with project stakeholders.

Patience is optimistic some good news about the police college will be forthcoming soon from Edmonton.

“It is our expectation we’ll hear something is coming from the province with respect to moving this project forward,” Patience said.

In August 2006 the province said it planned to build a $110-million facility in Fort Macleod where 1,400 recruits would be trained each year. Four years later the sod still has not been turned as the government struggles to find a way to fund the project.

The project is stalled because the government can’t find a private partner to build the facility in the southeast corner of Fort Fort Macleod made a huge investment in winning the bid for the college over 30 other Alberta communities and providing a 320-acre site in southeast Fort Macleod where the college is to be built. Construction of the college was to begin 18 months following the announcement in August 2006.

Solicitor General Frank Oberle came to Fort Macleod in March to confirm his support for the project, and to promise he would work to move it forward.

Patience and his council have received similar endorsements this summer from Premier Ed Stelmach and Livingstone-Macleod MLA Evan Berger.

“I’m looking for something more definite,” Patience said of a pending announcement from Edmonton.

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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