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Office of the Chief

Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger leads a Department composed of four divisions. These include the Office of the Chief of Police, Operations, Administration and Communications Center.

The Police Department includes:

  • 1 Chief of Police
  • 2 Commanders
  • 1 Communications Center Director
  • 1 half-time Management Assistant
  • 6 Patrol Sergeants
  • 17 Police Officers
  • 2 Detectives
  • 6 Code Enforcement Officers
  • 4 Administrative Personnel
  • 5 Dispatch Supervisors
  • 19 Dispatchers
  • 1 Systems Engineer
  • 1 Chaplain


Chief Henninger serves as:

    • The International Association of Chiefs of Police, Vice President of Finance
    • The Northwest Incident Management Team Chair
    • Colorado State Mobilization Working Group Chair
    • Local, State, Tribal and Federal FEMA Preparedness Task Force Member
    • A Yellow Jacket Safety Member on Vail Mountain
    • Vail Rotary Club Member
    • Chair of the Security Committee for the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships


    Commander Daric Harvey leads the Administrative Division which oversees the following functions: Investigations, 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.

    The division includes one Grants and Records Manager, three Records Technicians, one Police Volunteer Coordinator, and numerous volunteers.

    Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation

    The Department earned accreditation from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in 2014. Accreditation is reserved for those law enforcement agencies that have demonstrated compliance with the Association’s standards. An internal review and assessment of the Department’s policies and procedures met CACP’s standards of excellence



    The Operations Division oversees a Field Branch of five patrol sergeants, 16 police officers, and five full-time code enforcement officers.

    The Field Brand includes Patrol and Code Enforcement.  They 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 branch is comprised of five code enforcement officers who serve on two day-shift teams supervised by a patrol sergeant. They are responsible for the education and enforcement of non-criminal municipal codes, quality of life violations and assist with Vail Pass closures in instances of inclement weather or severe traffic accidents.

    Department members serve on:

    • The Northwest Incident Management Team
    • The Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Committee
    • The Volunteer Interpreters Program
    • A countywide Sexual Offender Registration Team
    • Special Operations Unit
    • Public Information Group
    • Drug Recognition Expert Section of the IACP
    • Colorado Intelligence Analysis Center
    • Terrorism Liaison Force
    • Gore Range DUI Task Force
    • Eagle County Public Safety Council

    Public Safety Communications Center

    The Vail Public Safety Communications Center (VPSCC) is part of the Vail Police Department and is 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 2014, the Town of Vail’s share was 33.44%.

    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
    For questions about employment, please email 911jobs@vailgov.com.

    Contact Info

    Vail Police
    General Information

    Dwight Henninger
    Vail Police Chief

    Craig Bettis
    Operations Commander

    Daric Harvey
    Administrative Commander

    Marc Wentworth
    Vail Public Safety Communications Center Director