Statewide Assistance for Championships
When the announcement was made in 2011 that Vail and Beaver Creek would host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger dusted off his rolodex and got to work. As chair of the Local Organizing Committee’s Safety and Security Committee, Henninger knew his department of 29 sworn officers would be unable to sustain the ongoing public safety resources required of such a large-scale event. In his role as President of the Colorado Police Chiefs Association, Henninger has masterfully networked across the state and across the country to arrange for security assistance from more than 20 agencies.
An example of this staffing support took place yesterday during a swearing in ceremony in which an officer from the Arvada Police Department and an officer from the Westminster Police Department became Vail Police Reserve Officers. As reserve officers, the two will carry out the functions of venue security and supporting officers from Vail PD and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office for the next six days.
Chief Henninger says the additional assistance is not only beneficial to Vail, but also provides valuable training opportunities for the participating agencies. Henninger speaks from experience having served as a Volunteer Bi-law Services Officer for the Resort Municipality of Whistler during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In addition to the Vail Police Department, other law enforcement agencies assisting with uniformed personnel during the Championships include the Colorado State Patrol, Eagle County Sheriff, Avon Police Department, Park County Sheriff, Boulder County Sheriff and Greenwood Village Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff, Arvada Police Department, U.S. Forest Service, TSA Air Marshals, Colorado Mounted Rangers and Westminster Police Department.