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New brochure pushes province to build college

Town council is embarking on an aggressive lobbying effort to get the police college built in Fort Macleod.

Council has prepared a marketing brochure it will send to Premier Ed Stelmach and all Alberta MLAs.

Mayor Shawn Patience is also calling on Fort Macleod residents to flood the Alberta Legislature with letters in support of the project.

“We want everyone to send letters,” Patience said. “If there are four members in the family we’d like all four to send letters.”

“The more the better.”

The province announced in August 2006 it would build the Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Centre in Fort Macleod to train 1,400 recruits each year.

Since then the project has stalled because the province has not attracted a partner for a public-private P3 partnership to build the college.

Council created a brochure outlining the project’s history to ensure every MLA has a full understanding of the project.

“We are asking for MLAs to support a funding formula to move this project forward and to fulfill the commitment made to our community and region in 2006 by the government of Alberta,” Patience explained.

The brochure contains a time line for the project dating back to 1999 when the need for such a training centre was identified in the Alberta Justice Summit.

The time line details each development in the project’s history, concluding with the visit paid by Fort Macleod council and mayors, reeves and other officials from southern Alberta to Edmonton in November. Council sent a copy of the brochure to Stelmach in advance of the copies going to the MLAs.

“Even though construction was slated to begin in early 2007, we have remained patient, however our community and our entire region are becoming increasingly frustrated that no progress has been made in almost four years,” Patience wrote in a letter to Stelmach. “We would like to remind you, and your colleagues in government, of just how important this project is, to the citizens of Alberta, to enforcement officers, and to this entire region.”

In his letter to Stelmach, Patience stressed the importance of the police college project to Fort Macleod and the region.

“The elation, joy and relief felt by thousands of our citizens when we were awarded the training centre in 2006 has since been replaced with serious skepticism for a government that many now are beginning to see as failing to make good on its commitment,” Patience wrote. “The victory in 2006 gave this community and region hope. A community that has seen little to no population growth in almost 40 years began to look to the future, with a reason to believe, with a reason to dream, and it brought an entire region together, because our victory was their victory.” “The training centre may seem small in the scale of the entire province, but we assure you, in Fort Macleod, and in South Western Alberta, there is no bigger issue.”

A similar copy of the brochure is being mailed this week to residents of Fort Macleod, with a call to join a letter-writing campaign in support of the police college.

“We would hope teachers would make it a class project, and clubs and groups are urged to send letters,” Patience 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