Premier Ed Stelmach is making good on the government's promise to build a police training college in Fort Macleod.

Stelmach told community leaders that construction of the college will begin by the summer of 2012 and there will be money for the project in the government's budget next Thursday.

The Police and Peace Officer Training Centre was first promised in 2006 and construction was supposed to begin in 2007, but the sod remains unturned.

The Town of Fort Macleod has been counting on the project to help bolster the area's economy and has already upgraded its water and sewage facilities.

Stelmach told the southern Alberta community he knows the college has been a long time coming but says it will now move forward on land south of Fort Macleod on Highway 2.

Last March more than 200 people held a community meeting in the town to discuss the stalled project.