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Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

The provincial government used a Wednesday morning news conference to make official what everyone in town already knew – Fort Macleod had been chosen as the preferred site of the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre.

“The people of Fort Macleod should be extremely proud of their efforts to put together a tremendous proposal,” said Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko. “The community’s proud policing history provides a strong foundation for a training centre that will serve the needs of Alberta’s law enforcement community for years to come.”

Mayor Shawn Patience and members of town council listened to the announcement together and were ecstatic.

“I’m still tingling, I have to tell you,” Patience said. “It’s finally official. It’s very nice that now it’s on the table and we can deal with it.”

Economic development officer Gordon MacIvor, who Patience praised for never losing faith in the bid, said the day was like a birthday.

“You’ve waited so long for it to come and now it’s here,” he said. “As everyone has been saying all day, we did it.”

Cenaiko pointed to many factors that put Fort Macleod’s bid ahead of the others, including proximity to a major city and international airport, the town’s site at the crossroads of two major highways, the two aboriginal reserves bordering Fort Macleod and the incredible community support shown for the bid.

“I think at the end of the day it was the people’s desire to have the facility located here that won the day for us,” Patience said. “All 3,000 people in this town need to be congratulated for the effort they put forward.”

As an example Patience pointed to July 25, the day of the MLA site selection committee’s visit.

“On very short notice we had 700 community members show up to the theatre on a Tuesday morning in the middle of summer,” he said. “That’s very indicative of the support that was shown in a town of 3,000 people. I could not have asked for more.”

Later in the day at the Fort – Museum of the North West Mounted Police, Patience recalled that he said those were two of the most important hours in Fort Macleod’s history and that he stands by that assessment.

MacIvor said the college will bring economic spinoff to the town.

“It will be gradual, but within I’d say three to five years the impact will be profoundly significant,” he said.

MacIvor expects the facility to create hundreds of new jobs, increase population and bring an influx of businesses in the service industry to town.

“Potentially we’re going to have a Tim Horton’s here and all the other services like that,” he said.

Patience agreed.

“Fort Macleod is going to prosper and we are going to enjoy the success of this day for decades and decades to come,” he said.

“This is exactly the economic boost Fort Macleod needs right now,” chamber of commerce president Emily McTighe said. “The development of this college is going to build huge
investor confidence in Fort Macleod and southern Alberta.”

The $100-million training centre is the vision of Cenaiko and Livingstone-Macleod MLA Dave Coutts promised him that Fort Macleod would not disappoint.

“Fort Macleod will make sure that this will be the primary, the best, the most-advanced police training college not just in Alberta, not just in western Canada, but in the entire world,” he said.

Coutts also promised that Cenaiko would be the honourary parade marshall for this year’s Santa Claus Parade, an honour Cenaiko happily accepted.

Surrounded by the history of policing in the Fort -Museum, Patience looked toward the future.

“We now not only hold the history of the North West Mounted Police and the history of policing in western Canada, we now are going to be an integral part of the future of policing not only in the province but in the country,” he said.

The training centre will see 400 police officers and close to 1,000 peace officers trained here each year, including sherrifs, transportation officers, corrections officers, fish and wildlife officers and conservation officers.

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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

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