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Support coming from all corners

Now that the selection committee has narrowed the field to four communities for the site of the Alberta Peace and Police Officer College, Fort Macleod stands alone as the only contender in southern Alberta.
With that support has been pouring in over the past two weeks, not the least of which is from our big-city neighbours to the east.
“First of all congratulations to the Town of Fort Macleod for making the short list,” Lethbridge Mayor Bob Tarleck said last week. “Just as Flames fans cheered for the Oilers after Calgary was eliminated this year, Lethbridge is now on side with the Town of Fort Macleod.” Fort Macleod’s long history with the North West Mounted Police is well-known in the city.
“Everyone in Lethbridge knows the cultured history of policing in the Town of Fort Macleod,” he continued. “That history goes deeply to the core of the town and we know the people of Fort Macleod will do whatever they can to make sure that it will be a first-class facility there.”
Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience is happy to have Lethbridge and Mayor Tarleck throw their support behind Fort Macleod. “We think it’s vital to the bid,” he said. “It’s always been supported heavily throughout the region from the Crowsnest Pass to Coutts and Picture Butte.”
Patience said getting the support in the final stages will help show that it is a regional proposal that is supported by all of southern Alberta. Letters of support came from communities and groups large and small last week.
As of Friday the Town Office had a file of letters from Cardston, Taber, Pincher Creek, Granum and the MD of Willow Creek, among others. Lethbridge Community College and the Oldman River Regional Services Commission had also sent their support.
By Monday almost 20 groups or communities had sent their letters of support, with more to come.
The Town also had a list of people who would be showing their support in person during yesterday’s rally. These included Tarleck, Lethbridge East MLA Bridget Pastoor, the mayors of Taber, Vauxhall and Cowley, as well as councillors from Pincher Creek and the MD of Willow Creek.
For his part, Tarleck believes the benefits of the $100-million project will be felt far beyond Fort Macleod.
“It will do a lot to raise the profile not only in the province but across the country and also internationally,” he said.
Tarleck also said the college will provide the opportunity for further community involvement from the surrounding First Nations communities, and called that “a healthy opportunity.”

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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