Vail cops host free safety training Tuesday in Vail |

Vail cops host free safety training Tuesday in Vail

VAIL — The Vail Police Department, in partnership with the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, a nonprofit institute, is sponsoring another free public safety training Tuesday to help law enforcement enhance community safety in preparation for the 2015 Vail-Beaver Creek FIS Alpine World Ski Championships being held Feb. 2-15.

The “Securing the Slopes” workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Vail Public Library Community Room. The session follows an earlier workshop held in April that quickly reached capacity. The workshop is limited to the first 45 participants.

As the World Championships approach, Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger says one of the best ways to ensure the community continues to be safe is to provide critical prevention and preparedness training that extends to the public, businesses, vendors, special event staff and other personnel involved with the town of Vail, Eagle County, Vail Resorts and the World Championships.

“Securing the Slopes” is part of CELL’s Community Awareness Program, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-approved public-safety training initiative designed in accordance with the nationwide “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. This training has been recognized by the federal government as a best practice and is based on the CELL’s successful “Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism” video, narrated by Denver Broncos legend John Elway. The program has been successfully used at large sporting venues and events including Coors Field, Pepsi Center, Winter X Games, Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the USA Pro Challenge.

Instructors at Tuesday’s training will include Vail police and Vail mountain public safety professionals and staff from the CELL. “Securing the Slopes” is part of a series of programs that will be held throughout 2014 and 2015 to develop the understanding by the public and first responder communities prior to the World Championships.

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To sign up for Tuesday’s session, call 970-479-2210 or email

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