The province will help Fort Macleod pay for infrastructure to serve the police college.
Alberta Municipal Affairs approved a $584,978 Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant for sewer line and water main construction for the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre.
“I am pleased to inform you that the . . . project has been accepted as a qualifying project under the capital funding guidelines,” Municipal Affairs Minister Hector Goudreau wrote.
The Town of Fort Macleod will spend $3.862-million to provide services to the police college and a highway commercial subdivision.
Goudreau pointed out Livingstone-Macleod MLA Evan Berger has been a strong supporter of the police college project.
Goudreau told council to recognize the contribution of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative to the police college project.
“I may select specific projects that merit enhanced public recognition,” Goudreau wrote. “If (this) project is selected, my ministry will contact you to develop a joint communication plan.”
The province will build the Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre at a location just off Highway 2 south.
The Town of Fort Macleod agreed to provide the 320 acres as part of its bid to become the site of the college.
The plan is to train 250 police recruits, 250 Sheriffs and Corrections officers, 250 community peace officers and 600 professional development students each year.
The college will include a residence that can house 270 students.
The facility will also include classrooms, indoor and outdoor firearm ranges, a driving track, gymnasium, running track and eating facilities.