Vail police officer receives national award |

Vail police officer receives national award

VAIL — Vail Police Officer Nicola Erb has been recognized by her peers from across the country for her work at the state and national level to call attention to drug endangered children. She was presented with the Collaborative Leadership Award last week during the annual conference of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

Locally, Erb has helped leverage the police department’s relationships with the Eagle County Department of Human Services, the District Attorney’s Office, the Eagle River Youth Coalition, other local law enforcement officers and victim services in working in cases involving issues that impact youth, children and adults. She is the director of the Gore Range DUI Task Force and a trainer in drug issues, impaired driving and elder abuse, all areas where interagency and interdisciplinary collaboration is critical.

Erb is one of the founding steering committee members of the national DEC, an organization founded in 2004 dedicated to improving services and conditions for children associated with environments where drugs are used, sold, manufactured or cultivated. The initiative was founded in California in the late 1990s where Erb was one of the charter team members. She later returned to her home state of Colorado and became a member of the Vail Police Department where she has worked, on and off, since 2000.

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