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Council awards police college permit

The next step in construction of the Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre took place Monday when Fort Macleod council approved a development permit for the $122-million project.
Approval of the application from Bird Construction Co. came almost six years to the day since the province announced Fort Macleod would be the site of what came to be known as the police college.
“It’s been a long haul,” Coun. Susan Koots said.
The application came before council because the land is zoned direct control and the development permit needed council’s approval.
The training centre will cover about 340 acres donated to the project by the Town of Fort Macleod 2.1 kilometres south of town just off Highway 2.
It is anticipated that when the training centre opens in September 2014, close to 1,400 police and peace officer recruits will be trained each year in Fort Macleod.
Mayor Shawn Patience said the project will generate immediate benefits to Fort Macleod, beginning with the jobs created over the two-year construction period.
Later, full-time jobs at the training centre will aid the economy, along with the influx of cash each class of recruits will bring to Fort Macleod.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the benefits the training centre project will bring to Fort Macleod, the mayor added.
“This project will identify Fort Macleod as a place to invest,” Patience said Monday. “It will give people that confidence.”
Patience said the recent positive exposure Fort Macleod has received from the training centre has already attracted the attention of potential developers.
“We have developers talking to us all the time,” said Patience, who due to confidentiality could not release any names of those developers or their companies.
Now that the training centre project is moving ahead quickly, council is working to put Fort Macleod in position to capitalize on any opportunities for growth.
“Our goal now is to make sure we’ve got property for them,” Patience said of people interested in setting up businesses or building new homes in the community.
Council is aware that growth must be planned with care.
“Part of what people like about Fort Macleod is that small town thing,” Patience said. “We want to make sure we don’t lose that.”

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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