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Town residents excited to get police college

During last week’s announcement that Fort Macleod was chosen as the home of the Alberta Police and Peace Officer College it was said time and time again how much of a role the community involvement played in the decision and that support stayed with the project right to the end.

About 100 people crowded into the Fort Ñ Museum of the North West Mounted Police last Wednesday to welcome Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ty Lund and Livingstone-Macleod MLA David Coutts, Minister of Sustainable Resource Development, and the excitement from the community could be felt in the air.

“I think it’s a great deal for Fort Macleod,” Denzil Conner said of the announcement. “I hope it will set Fort Macleod on the map and get the community going, which is something we could use here.”

Deanna Coller was almost at a loss for words.

“It’s wonderful, what else can you say,” she said happily. “It’s like a rebirth. It will do so much for everybody and this little town will come to life again.”

Mayor Shawn Patience said at the end of the day it was the people’s desire to have the facility located here that won the day for Fort Macleod

“The success that we are enjoying to day is due in no small part to the efforts put forward by every single individual in this community.”

Livingstone-Macleod MLA David Coutts took that support to Edmonton.

“One of the things that came up was ‘How much community support is there for this?'” he said. “And I could stand up and I could say the community is solidly behind this.” Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko agreed.

“There was tremendous support from the community and thank-you for all the cards and letters I’m sure many of you sent me,” he said to a round of applause.

Jan Erb, who moved to town a couple of years ago, was also at the Fort – Museum and said she felt this is what Fort Macleod needs.

“It’s sensational,” she said. “It had absolutely everything we wanted when we came here a couple of years ago and now it’s got a little bit more. I’m just delighted.”

Brendan Grant described the day as “awesome.”

“I think the police college will revive the town and make it grow,” he said.

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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