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Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

There is a defining moment in the DVD prepared as part of Fort Macleod’s bid for the Alberta Police and Peace Office Training Centre.

In one of a series of interviews with residents, councillor Christine Trowbridge makes a bold, declarative statement.

“The police college coming to Fort Macleod, is our destiny,” Trowbridge said.

Included last December as just one of many positive interviews in support of Fort Macleod’s bid for the $100-million police college, Trowbridge’s statement now stands out. Trowbridge said Saturday night, as people gathered at the community hall to celebrate the town’s successful bid, she did not make the comment lightly.

“It was just a gut feeling, something I discerned for Fort Macleod’s future,” Trowbridge explained in an interview. “It was kind of rolling around in me for several weeks when we started that bid.”

Trowbridge made a connection between Fort Macleod’s history with policing in Alberta, the future of law enforcement and the vision for excellence put forward by Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko.

“This area is special,” Trowbridge said. “People will come from all over the world and Fort Macleod and the area will influence them for years to come. There is a spirit of excellence in Fort Macleod.”

Eighty-four-year-old Harry Urwin, a former town councillor who has lived in Fort Macleod since 1960, was also a believer.

“The naysayers said I was full of it, and maybe I am but I always said we were going to get the college,” Urwin said Saturday in an interview. “I’m a very optimistic person. I always look on the bright side. I never thought for a minute that we would not get it.”

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Dave Coutts on Saturday night agreed destiny played a role.

“Sometimes the stars just line up perfectly,” Coutts said.

The MLA, who calls Fort Macleod home pointed to the vision of Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko for a world-class training centre, followed by the Conservative government’s support of that plan.

“Then you have a community that responded,” Coutts said of his home town.

Then, Coutts said, Mayor Shawn Patience, economic development officer Gordon MacIvor, town council and the police college task force stepped up to provide leadership.

“You know what makes it really, really successful, ladies and gentlemen?” Coutts added. “It’s you. Each and every one of you who supported all of the endeavours made sure that the stars were completely lined up.”

Coutts said had there not been support from the community the decision would not have gone in Fort Macleod’s favour.

“You showed your Alberta pride, but more importantly you showed your Fort Macleod pride,” Coutts said.

Crowsnest Pass Mayor John Irwin and his wife Noella attended the celebration Saturday night as a show of their community’s continued support.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Irwin said. “I think it will be a great shot in the arm for Fort Macleod, and I think this is the logical place to put the college.”

Irwin pointed to Fort Macleod’s location at the junction of Highways 2 and 3, council’s willingness to give the province free land and utility servicing, and the town’s proximity to Lethbridge Community College and its criminal justice program.

“I can’t think of a better place,” Irwin said.

Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience readily shares credit for the town’s successful bid, stressing the importance of support from Crowsnest Pass and other southern towns.

“It took every single ounce of everyone’s resources,” Patience said. “This does not happen on the shoulder of one person.”

Patience told the audience Fort Macleod has set an example of how destiny can be fulfilled.

“Remember when someone says this can’t be done,” Patience said. “Remember the day that this town proved it can be done and we did it.”

Patience praised his council, MacIvor and task force for doing what needed to be done, for attending to the smallest of details in the bid effort.

“Of the final four, this was the only community that did it ourselves,” Patience said. “I’ll tell you what, there is a testament.”

Patience also credited the community for fulfilling the town’s destiny with a positive response to calls for letters of support and attendance at rallies.

“Each and every time that support came,” Patience said. “That is why we stand here today. Each and every person in this community did their part.”

Patience said the importance of the successful police college bid can’t be overstated.

“We have changed the course of Fort Macleod’s history for the better,” Patience said. “Fort Macleod is now the envy of every single town in Alberta.”

In his speech to the more than 500 people packed into the community hall on Saturday night, Dave Coutts agreed with Christine Trowbridge.

“The police college was our destiny, and it absolutely came true,” Coutts said, to thunderous applause. “It is our destiny.”

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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