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Vail, Aspen police exchange officers

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Three law enforcement representatives from the Aspen Police Department are in Vail, Colorado through Sunday to participate in an information-sharing exchange program between the resort communities.

Two police officers and a community safety officer are participating in ride alongs, briefings and other regular tasks assigned to Vail’s police officers and code enforcement officers. During this same period, Vail code enforcement officer Penny Harpe and police officers Ryan Millbern and Mike Bindle are shadowing officers in Aspen over a four-day period.

The exchange is the first of its kind between the two organizations and mimics a similar exchange between Vail and Whistler, British Columbia in 2005. Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger initiated the exchange, noting that law enforcement challenges faced by Aspen and Vail are very similar. He hopes the exchange program will give the participating officers from both jurisdictions fresh ideas on how to face those challenges.

“The idea behind the program is to help develop the problem-solving skills of the participants, and to invigorate both organizations in finding creative solutions to our comparable law enforcement issues, such as the over-service of alcohol, bears and noise complaints,” said Henninger. “In addition, our Vail exchange officers will be developing benchmarking standards to review while in Aspen, to see how we compare in areas of crime statistics, DUI prevention and guest service.”

The participants are expected to accompany their counterparts on regular shifts throughout the week. They also will speak to residents and guests to determine how the law enforcement agencies are perceived.

“The Aspen officers will be in uniform, so feel free to stop and ask them about their city,” said Henninger.

For more information on the exchange program, contact Chief Henninger at 970-479-2218.

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