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Province moving ahead with police college plans

Len Tilbe looks at a display of the police college plans Thursday at the Town of Fort Macleod open house.

Five years after Fort Macleod was awarded the police college, the province is now in a hurry to get it built.
The sod will be turned early this summer and construction of the $122.4-million Alberta Public Safety and Law Enforcement Training Centre will get under way soon after.
“They’re really trying to push it forward as quickly as possible,” Mayor Shawn Patience said.
Patience and Town of Fort Macleod municipal manager Barry Elliott and economic development officer Martin Ebel met last week with government officials to discuss the project.
A new design and a time line in which the facility will be built were unveiled by the government officials.
“It was a good eye-opener,” Patience said of the meeting. “A lot of questions were answered on both sides.”
The government’s plan was presented Wednesday at the Town of Fort Macleod open house.
Plans for the main building include classrooms on each of two floors, an administration area, student services section, an assembly/recreation room and a courtyard.
Plans indicate there will be a parade ground, combatives building, outdoor and indoor firing ranges, a 3,000-metre running track and a driving track.
There is a three-storey residence planned to house up to 270 students at one time.
The province also plans to build a scenario room for different types of training, as well as a simulated school.
Patience said the provincial officials discussed development near the training centre.
“They are concerned about us limiting any kind of development around the site,” Patience said. “To keep them in an agricultural area would be ideal.”
The province intends to have an architect in place by June.
Patience and Elliott were caught off guard by the speed at which the province wants to proceed.
“They were hoping to have services in place by October,” Patience said.
The Town of Fort Macleod in 2006 committed $3.5-million to providing services such as water to the site.
Patience said Monday the price tag has since escalated to about $7-million, so the province will have to fund the remainder.
“They’re talking about putting a project committee together,” Patience added.
At its May 9 meeting council approved a land use agreement with the province for 320 acres of Town of Fort Macleod land.
“This is just to allow the province on site to test in advance of us getting a land transfer agreement,” Patience said.
The size of the facility is 31,000 square metres with room for expansion.
The plan is to train 250 police recruits, 250 Sheriffs and Corrections officers, 250 community peace officers and 600 professional development students each year.
“It’s moving along quite well,” Patience said.

1Comments For This Post

  1. Garrett de Koning Says:

    Wondering what is the location of this college in the town? Will they be hiring local contractor to do the work or outsider?

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