Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger leads a Department composed of four divisions. These include the Office of the Chief of Police, Commanders, Operations, Administration and Communications Center. Click Here For Vail Police Department Organizational Chart.
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Phone: (970) 479-2210
Chief Dwight Henninger is the Vice President-Treasurer of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He has been a member of the IACP Executive Committee for eight years, served as the Chair of the Environmental Crimes Committee and a member of the Financial Review and Homeland Security Committees.
Dwight is Chief of Police in Vail, Colorado where he has served since 2002. He leads a 63-person organization that serves over two million domestic and international visitors annually. Additionally, Dwight leads a county-wide communications center that provides communications services to 11 agencies in Eagle County and assistance to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
In June 2010, Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts were selected by the International Ski Federation to host the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Dwight was appointed Chair of the Safety & Security Committee for the 2015 Championships.
Dwight was congressionally appointed in 2010 to serve for one year on the Local, State, Tribal and Federal Preparedness Task Force - a group directed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He currently serves on several local, state and federal organizations including as Vice Chair of FEMA’s Region 8 Advisory Committee; member of the State of Colorado’s Emergency Resource Mobilization Committee; vice chair of the State of Colorado Homeland Security and All Hazards Senior Advisory Committee and the Intelligence Analysis Center Sub-Committee; and is a Co-chair of the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigration Advisory Committee.
As a coordinator of the Northwest Incident Management Team, Dwight helps catalyze improvements in emergency planning and in response and recovery efforts in the State of Colorado and Utah.
Prior to coming to Vail he was Director of the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute and the Colorado Police Corps in Golden, Colorado. Dwight began his law enforcement career at the Garden Grove and Irvine, California Police Departments. He left Irvine after 14 years to accept a command officer position in the Laguna Beach, CA Police Department.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session #196, PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the California POST Command College. Dwight received Masters Degrees from UC, Irvine in Business and Public Administration and from San Diego State University in Leadership.
Dwight enjoys skiing, rafting, camping and traveling.
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Town of Vail Police Administration
Phone: (970) 479-3433
Commander Craig Bettis leads the Administrative Division which oversees the following functions: School Resource Officer Program, Professional Standards, Accreditation, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Demand Reduction, Grants, Planning and Research, Auditing, Recruiting, Hiring, Training, Reserve Program, Court Liaison, Budgeting, Building Maintenance, Police Volunteers, and Administration. Overall safety and security for all Special Events which includes, planning, resource allocation, and critical security needs and hardening infrastructure.
The division includes one Grants and Records Manager, three Records Technicians, one Police Volunteer Coordinator, and numerous volunteers.
Town of Vail Police Operations
Phone: (970) 479-3433
Commander Ryan Kenney leads the Operations Division which oversees the field branch of patrol and uniformed code enforcement as well as an investigations branch. Patrol consists of four patrol sergeants, 16 police officers, and 6 code enforcement officers. Investigations consists of a detective sergeant, two detectives and a civilian evidence technician as well as a narcotics sergeant and 2 narcotics detectives assigned to a joint Eagle County narcotics task force.
Patrol officers perform a variety of duties including calls for service, routine reports, arrests, criminal investigations, traffic accident investigation, traffic enforcement, proactive and preventive patrol and general community activities. As with all other divisions of the Department, they are trained and empowered to make decisions and participate in activities which support the principles of community policing.
The uniformed civilian code enforcement officers work day shift, 7 days a week and are supervised by a patrol sergeant. They are responsible for the education and enforcement of non-criminal municipal codes, parking and traffic control on town streets, minor traffic accidents, quality of life issues, and assist with Vail Pass closures in instances of inclement weather or severe traffic accidents.
Detectives assigned to the investigations Division provide on-scene investigation of significant crimes or follow up investigation on cases transferred from patrol. Narcotics detectives assigned to the joint Eagle County task force investigate the illegal use, sale and transportation of drugs throughout Eagle County.
Public Safety Communications Center
Phone: (970) 479-2231
The Vail Public Safety Communications Center (VPSCC) is led by Marc Wentworth and is a part of the Vail Police Department. Funded through a consortium of the Eagle County 911 Authority and 13 user agencies. The 911 Authority contributes the largest share of funds. Remaining funds are allocated to user agencies based upon the percentage of the total number of calls for service averaged over the past three years. In 2018, the Town of Vail’s share was 38%.
The state-of-the art facility is supported by an advanced computer aided dispatch system, enhanced 911 phone service, and superior emergency notification systems. Dispatchers hold certifications in Emergency Medical Dispatch.
For more information about the center, please visit their home page at: http://www.vail911.com/about-vail-public-safety-communications-center
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