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Red Deer County wants college

Red Deer County hopes when the final word comes down on the site selection for the $100-million Alberta Police and Peace Officer College, it lands in their neck of the woods.
Red Deer County’s location, in the heart of central Alberta, is at the heart of their bid.
The county, and the city of Red Deer, is billed as a prime meeting place for people from all across Alberta and the western provinces.
Being located at the halfway point between two of Canada’s biggest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, makes it the perfect place to meet halfway.
The facility is about two miles off Highway 2, located next to the Red Deer Regional Airport and the hamlet of Springbrook.
Another positive working in favour of the Red Deer County bid is that much of the facility and necessary infrastructure is already in place.
The college will be housed in the former Canadian Forces base at Penhold, a site which is currently used for training by both the Calgary and Edmonton police services and Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachments. Bid organizers say the proposed site is isolated enough that shooting and driving ranges that will be a part of the college will not impact residents.
The site has water and sewer services already in place and railway services, which are provided to Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways, are close by.
The police college would be the second college to call Red Deer County home, with Red Deer College, which is fully behind the county’s bid, already in the city.
Support has also come from the city of Red Deer, Innisfail and Sylvan Lake.
The county is home to nearly 20,000 people, while the city houses another 76,000.
County reeve Earl Kinsella promotes the city and the surrounding rural area as having lots to offer.
The recreational opportunities include the 6,000-seat Centrium, the home of the Red Deer Rebels, and five other arenas.
The newest addition is the Collicut Centre, which includes a water park with a wave pool, lazy river and water slide. There is also a four-lane track, a fitness and wellness centre and a field house available for wall climbing, basketball and tennis.
There are three other swimming pools as well as a curling club and four public golf courses.

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Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

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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

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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

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Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college