Vail police department to mark 50 years of service |

Vail police department to mark 50 years of service

Daily staff report
Vail police officer Pat McCullough checks out one of the department's new Saab patrol cars, probably in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The department is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.
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VAIL —The Vail Police Department will celebrate 50 years of service to the citizens and guests of Vail over the weekend. A number of free community events are scheduled that will reunite past and present police department employees with members of the public.

Here’s a look at those events:


• Police Department Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 75 S. Frontage Road. The event includes tours of the building with interactive exhibits on crime scene investigations, jail tours with photo opportunities and more.

• Police Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 75 S. Frontage Road. A scavenger hunt in Vail Village will start from the police department and weave players through Vail Village and through time. Successful hunters will receive a commemorative 50th Anniversary Challenge Coin.


• Community and Veterans Appreciation Picnic, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ford Park Ball Fields. Opening the event will be a Mounted Color Honor Guard from Fort Carson. Admission is free.

• Vintage Saab vehicle display, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ford Park. Saab cars courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Saab Club commemorating the historic partnership with Saab and the Vail Police Department.

More than 50 former employees and their families have been invited to return to Vail for the celebration. Chief Dwight Henninger invites all to “join past and present Vail Police Department employees to recognize 50 years of exceptional service and to learn the important lessons of our past history.”

 For more information, call Jeff Campbell, 970-479-2200.

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