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Support strong on streets of Fort Macleod

Close to 300 people crowded outside a packed Empress Theatre on Tuesday to throw their full-fledged support behind Fort Macleod’s bid for the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre.
The Empress was the last stop on the four-person site selection committee’s whirlwind tour of Fort Macleod and residents and supporters from other southern Alberta communities pulled out all the stops and took one last opportunity to make themselves heard.
The atmosphere was electric as a few shops on Main Street closed their doors and the ones that remained open had workers peering out the front window.
Support for the $100-million project was unanimous.
“I just think Fort Macleod is the right place for the college,” Taylore Bailey, armed with a sign and balloon, said at the rally. “It has the history of policing here and the whole town supports it. It would be a great thing for the town.”
For Robin Fehr, who came from Lethbridge to show his support, the long and storied history of the North West Mounted Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is also a factor.
“The police history here is so amazing, this is just a natural place for the college,” he said.
Stephen Delano also pointed to the history, and the spirit with which Fort Macleod has approached the project.
“We have all this policing history in the community, which makes this the perfect place for the college,” he said. “I know the community would welcome it and all the people that would come here with open arms.”
Charlotte Nixon agreed.
“I’ve worked in Fort Macleod for three years and everyone has been so supportive of this,” she said. “It would be a phenomenal addition to the town and this has been a great show of overwhelming support.”
Clayton Orr believes the college is an opportunity to bring something different to Fort Macleod.
“We’ve been relying on tourism for so long, we need to get some new things in here to bring growth and families to Fort Macleod,” he said. “To bring something else would be great. And hopefully we’ll still be able to keep the small town atmosphere that we have here and not end up like a big city.”
After viewing a video promoting the town as the best site for the college, the committee, chairman Ivan Strang, Mary Anne Jablonski, Fred Lindsay and Len Mitzel, found themselves staring into huge numbers of supporters and listening to chants of “We want the college” just before they were whisked away to the airport to catch a flight to their next destination.

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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