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Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

The Town of Fort Macleod will recommend to the province forming a co-operative to build the police college.
A co-operative of towns, cities, police forces, Lethbridge College and other stakeholders will attract investors according to a consultant hired by Fort Macleod.
“That’s the kind of facility we can get financed,” Commonwealth Group chief executive officer Peter Abrametz said.
Abrametz and other members of the Commonwealth Group met Nov. 8 with Fort Macleod’s police college liaison committee.
Chief operating officer Reid Lillico said the Commonwealth Group has spent the past four months working on a private-public partnership (P3).
“We have been moving this project forward,” Lillico said.
The province announced in August 2006 it had chosen Fort Macleod as the site of the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre.
More than four years later the project is not under way so town council hired the Commonwealth Group to develop a P3 proposal.
The police college was planned to provide standard training for 1,400 police and peace officer recruits each year.
The college was also expected to create 75 to 100 permanent jobs in Fort Macleod.
The province received nine responses in January 2008 to its call for expressions of interest in a P3 partnership but did not move forward.
The government’s refusal to help fund the project has left it stalled, so last summer Fort Macleod council spent $25,000 to have Commonwealth develop models for P3 partnerships.
Abrametz told the liaison committee that a stakeholder co-op is supported by Alberta legislation.
“That is the one that should work,” Abrametz said. “We’˜re talking about multiple stakeholders coming together for the purpose of forming a police college.”
Abrametz said the stakeholders would form a board of directors, with policy and governance developed like any other co-op.
“A co-operative, to my mind, is better than a corporation,” Abrametz said. “A corporation is cumbersome.”
The preliminary response from financiers to investing in the co-op is positive.
“If we can’t fund your project then we’re wasting your time and our time, and we’re not interested in doing that,” Abrametz said.
Financiers would invest the money to build the college to be paid back from profits. Dividends would go to the stakeholders only once the mortgage was paid off.
Commonwealth has met with a positive response from potential stakeholders, including police chiefs from around the province.
Former Livingstone-Macleod MLA Dave Coutts, who has been acting as government liaison for Commonwealth, said “no hard and fast” commitments are in place but the police chiefs agreed to stay involved.
Lillico said there has been a positive response to the co-op model from senior government officials and bureaucrats.
“I do think they are pleased to see another approach,” Lillico said.
Lillico said Commonwealth would like to have formal government support in place by the end of March.
If that is forthcoming a detail proposal would be in front of the government by the end of May.
The government’s approval of that plan would be sought by the end of June, with construction to begin in spring 2012.
“We can’t do this without the province,” Mayor Shawn Patience said of a commitment to train recruits at the college.
Lillico said the training centre could be of interest to other provinces, the RCMP, CSIS, Canadian Border Services, oil and gas companies that need to train security people, armies, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other groups.
Patience and council will meet with Solicitor General Frank Oberle later this month to pitch the co-op.

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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