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Town rallies for police college

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Town of Fort Macleod delivered a loud statement Friday to Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko.
A photograph of residents on the steps of the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall showing support for the town’s bid for the police college was sent to Edmonton.
“With the open house we had one more opportunity to show that people in our community want the police college,” Mayor Shawn Patience said.
Town council held what has become its annual open house, loosely based on the annual financial statement, at the community hall.
Expecting a crowd of more than 120 people to turn out, council decided to arrange a photo opportunity to support the town’s bid for the police college.
“In January and February people in the Town of Fort Macleod sent in over 700 letters supporting our bid,” Patience said. “The community has truly been supportive of this project.”
The provincial government intends to build a $100-million college where 1,500 police and peace officer recruits will receive training each year.
The college will also serve as a centre of excellence for law enforcement.
Fort Macleod is one of 19 communities still in the running to become the home of the college, along with Grande Prairie, Rocky Mountain House, Provost, Mayerthorpe, Lethbridge, Fairview, Penhold, Red Deer County, High Level, Lac la Biche, Drumheller, Northern Lakes College, Athabasca, Camrose, St. Paul, Stettler, Three Hills and Westlock.
“We’re still here, waiting for the phone call,” Town of Fort Macleod Economic development co-ordinator Gordon MacIvor said. “This is a neat, refreshing way of reminding them.”
MacIvor and Patience herded the crowd at the open house out the door onto the front steps.
People were given signs to display that indicated Fort Macleod’s eagerness to become home to the college.
Photographer Harley Brown then scaled a ladder across the street from the community hall to give himself a bird’s-eye view of the crowd.
On Friday morning Brown had a print ready for MacIvor, who delivered the photograph to Cenaiko, Premier Ralph Klein and members of the site selection committee.

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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