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P3 partners sought for police college

Construction on the $100-million Alberta Police and Peace Officers Training Centre could begin as early as 18 months from now.

Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ty Lund said Wednesday construction should start soon after a shortened tender process is finished.

“We’re compressing the time,” Lund said of the process for a private public partnership for construction of the training centre. “This college is something we really need.”

Lund announced the college will be built through a private public partnership, or P3 process, as it is known.

Lund, who is MLA for Rocky Mountain House, said it is in everyone’s best interests to get the college built in 18 months to two years.

“The longer we wait, the more it will cost,” Lund said in an interview.

The infrastructure and transportation minister praised Solicitor General for his work on the project.

“When he first proposed this I remember thinking this is real, real planning and forward thinking,” Lund said during a news conference at The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police.

Lund said his department made the decision to involve private investors in construction and operation of the training centre.

“When government doesn’t own or operate it, your community is going to have even more opportunity to benefit from this facility in your community,” Lund said.

“There will be all kinds of opportunities as we go through the process,” Lund added.

Lund said during the 18 months to two-year process Fort Macleod will be involved in development of the training centre.

“I can assure you, you’re going to be inundated with people coming here questioning,” Lund said.

The intent will be to build a training centre that not only meets the needs of the recruits and staff, but also Fort Macleod.

“How can we integrate the community and make more use of this facility so it is not just a training centre,” Lund said.

Lund urged community residents to give consideration to what they would like to see in the training centre.

“I guess I liken it to building a mall. You always have an anchor tenant,” Lund said. “In this case the province of Alberta is going to be the anchor tenant. It will build around the anchor tenant just like a mall does.”

“Put your thinking caps on,” Lund added. “Think of things you might want to see connected to it.”

The private investor that gets the contract will be the one that best involves Fort Macleod.

“When we measure down to the final assessment of which consortium or company gets it, community involvement . . . is going to measure high,” Lund said.

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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