Greenwood Village Police Division Commander Joe Gutgsell and four additional officers are providing many hours of service to the Vail community at the championships. The officers have been successful in achieving their goals of fostering law enforcement relationships, serving as community ambassadors, continuing to learn about large event planning and having fun. Having worked in Vail during his first year of law enforcement, Commander Gutgsell was pleased to return to Vail and assist Vail Police with security for the ski championships. Commander Gutgsell brings 22 years of law enforcement experience and is thrilled officers Wade Hackett, Amy Aki, Cristy Floerchinger and Mitch Parks have been able to experience the event and bring their experiences back to Greenwood Village.
Large events such as the papal visit in 1993 in Denver and the 2015 FIS AWSC in Vail are possible through the partnerships created among local, state, and national law enforcement communities. These events offer great opportunities to continue law enforcement’s commitment to community without jurisdictional boundaries.