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Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Center

The Alberta Police and Peace Officer Training Center is a $110,000,000 single-site training facility that will be built in Fort Macleod, Alberta, by fall of 2010. It will deliver basic training and professional development for police and peace officers including Sheriffs, special constables, correctional officers, transportation officers, fish and wildlife officers, conservation officers, private investigators and security guards in Alberta. 1,000 peace officers and 400 police officers will be trained at the facility each year. Construction is expected to start in spring of 2008, but was originally expected to start in fall of 2007. The Alberta government is looking at alternate ways to finance the project.

Bidding Process

In October 2005, 30 communities put in a bid to be the site of the proposed police college (Airdrie later withdrew its bid, leaving 29 communities in Alberta vying for the college). 10 communities were cut from the list in March 2005, leaving 19 communities. 4 months later, in July, it was narrowed down to 4 communities; Camrose, Fort Macleod, Lac La Biche and Red Deer County, and a 4-person selection committee was chosen by the Alberta Government. After visiting each community and considering each of their bids, the committee chose Fort Macleod as the site of the training center.

The Training Center

When Ed Stelmach became the new premier of Alberta, there was speculation of a cancellation of the project, but these proved to be false. The center will be built on 320 acres of land in the southeast corner of Fort Macleod. It is expected to include classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, accommodations, indoor and outdoor firing ranges, a driving course and recreational areas. The town will take care of all utilities on the land, while the college itself will be built by a public-private partnership (P3), and is expected to open in 2010. Who will receive the contract for the project has not yet been decided. The college is expected to provide an economic boom in Fort Macleod.

References

  • http://www.solgen.gov.ab.ca/initiatives/default.aspx?id=4303
  • http://www.fortmacleodgazette.com/

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