Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger was elected 4th Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the IACP Annual Conference held in Philadelphia this week. Henninger will advance through to executive board positions, eventually becoming president in 2021-2022. Throughout his service on the IACP executive board, Henninger intends to continue to serve as Vail’s police chief. The IACP serves 30,000 members from over 9,000 agencies in the U.S. and from across the globe.
He has currently been serving as Vice President/Treasurer over IACP Finances, a position he held for five years. His commitment to IACP’s mission is evidenced by more than 19 years of service in the organization including roles on the Executive Committee, Finance Review Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and as Chairman of the Environmental Crimes Committee.
Chief Henninger has been Vail’s police chief since 2002. He began his law enforcement career in California, serving with the Garden Grove and Irvine Police Departments. After 14 years, he left Irvine to accept a command officer position at the Laguna Beach Police Department before arriving in Vail.
Henninger is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the California Police Officer Standards Training Command College. He has also served as the former Director of the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute and the Colorado Police Corps in Golden, Colo.
Chief Henninger’s involvement has introduced him to policing issues and trends from across the globe allowing him to prepare the department in a proactive way to address those issues here at home.
During his time in Vail, to date, Henninger has worked to improve relationships with the community and stakeholders, while building public trust in the Vail Police Department. Dwight is most proud of mentoring 5 Vail Police employees who have gone on to be Chiefs or Assistant Chiefs in other Mountain Towns.
Town Manager Greg Clifton stated, “Dwight's hard-earned election to this leadership position with the IACP is remarkable. While this achievement speaks to his personal character and resolve, it also reflects so positively upon this organization and upon the Town of Vail as a whole.”