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Council okays transfer of police college land

Council has approved the transfer of 320 acres of Town of Fort Macleod land to the province.
The land in the southeast corner of Fort Macleod is the site of the new police college.
“There are some details we are still working out,” Mayor Shawn Patience said.
Council approved the land transfer at its April 25 meeting.
Town administration was directed to work out any details with the provincial government.
The government announced last month Alberta’s police college will be fully operational in 2014 in Fort Macleod.
The government will begin work this summer on the $117-million facility where 1,350 police and peace officers will receive training each year.
Solicitor General Frank Oberle, Infrastructure Minister Ray Danyluk and Livingstone-Macleod MLA Evan Berger came to Fort Macleod to roll out the plans.
They told Fort Macleod officials there will be a ground-breaking ceremony in late June or early July, with pilings for the facility in the ground before winter.
Fort Macleod was named the site of the police college in 2006 but the project stalled when the government could not attract a P3 (private-public) partner.
The government has now decided it will build the facility itself.
Construction on some parts of the facility will be under way while other parts are still in the design stage.
The size of the facility has been scaled down to 31,000 square metres from the original size of 45,000 square metres, with room for expansion.
The province is looking for other partners to use the facility, including the RCMP.
There is also the chance the Solicitor General College in Edmonton will be moved to the facility in Fort Macleod.
The plan laid out by Oberle is to train 250 police recruits, 250 Sheriffs and Corrections officers, 250 community peace officers and 600 professional development students each year.
The plan in 2006 was to train 400 full-time recruits and 1,000 professional development students each year.
The college will include a residence that can house 270 students. That’s down from the capacity of 380 students in the original plans.
The facility will include classrooms, a shooting range, a driving track, gymnasium, running track and eating facilities.
The province is working on a governance model for the college.
Oberle also intends to develop a project team that has representation from Fort Macleod.
The Town of Fort Macleod’s engineers will be working with the province on plans to provide electrical, sewer and water services to the college site.

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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