Cases Eagle cops made may be dropped
EAGLE ” Arrests made and tickets issued by two Eagle police officers will be thrown out of court if there is sufficient evidence the two were uncertified when they worked as police officers, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Monday.
“If they are the main police officer or they can’t prove the case without them … yeah, they’ll be thrown out of court,” District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.
Investigators know Sgt. Steve Delaney, 54, and Officer Bob Regan, 55 are not certified as police officers, Hurlbert said. The District Attorney’s Office is inspecting the men’s employment records to determine whether they worked as officers while uncertified by the required state agency, Peace Officer Standards and Training, also known as POST.
Delaney and Regan’s phone numbers are not listed.
Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell said Delaney has resigned and Regan is on desk duty until his status is cleared. The officers were hired by Acting Eagle police Chief Gary Ward from other states, where each was certified, Powell said.
After being hired, both men applied with the standards and training agency for provisional certification, Powell said, adding the “applications are in.”
Neither Delaney nor Regan are provisionally certified ” which allows officers a six-month grace period to become fully certified, Hurlbert said.
“They can’t do anything until they are certified (by) POST,” Hurlbert said. “It’s our understanding from the POST board the chief was told this.”
Ward might also be held responsible for allowing the two to act as officers while uncertified, Hurlbert said.
“It’s still being investigated, but it’s certainly possible,” he said.
Ward didn’t immediately return a phone message left for him Monday afternoon.
The Attorney’s Office also is evaluating how many arrests were made and summons were issued by Delaney and Regan, Hurlbert said.
“We don’t think it’s going to be too many,” Hurlbert said. “Even one is too many. It’s unfortunate. If these guys weren’t police officers it would have been an illegal arrest.”
At this point, none of the arrests are believed to be felonies, only misdemeanors, Hurlbert said.
The Attorney’s Office obtained the employment records from the Eagle Police Department Thursday.
The penalty for impersonating an officer is up to 18 months in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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