Vail Police Department promotes Bettis |

Vail Police Department promotes Bettis

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger has promoted Detective Sgt. Craig Bettis to rank of commander following a testing process of six applicants. A promotion ceremony for Bettis will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Vail Police Department.

Bettis has served in the department for 10 years, beginning as a patrol officer, then investigator, Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer, patrol sergeant and, most recently, investigations sergeant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminology from Colorado State University and is a 2008 graduate of the Senior Institute for Police Management at Boston University and a 2009 graduate of the Colorado Command Staff Institute.

Bettis’ accomplishments include SWAT leader and the lead on multi-agency drug operations. His work has also included major case management and intelligence gathering with the DEA, undercover operations with the Eagle County Crime Response Team, presenter for national seminars on drug identification and symptoms, member of incident command responses to high-profile events, member of the Eagle County Sex Offender Response Team and creator of the Vail Safe Bar Campaign, promoting a message about responsible behavior to bar merchants and patrons.

As one of three commanders within the department, Bettis will manage the administrative division. He replaces Susan Douglas, who resigned earlier in the year.

“Cmdr. Bettis will continue a tradition of superb leadership within the department,” Henninger said. “I have the utmost confidence in Craig’s abilities to help lead the department forward and address the many public safety and security challenges law enforcement agencies face today.”

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