D.A.: Eagle officers investigated for impersonation
EAGLE ” Investigators with the Eagle County District Attorney’s Office are probing two Eagle Police Department employees suspected of working as police officers while uncertified by the state, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Thursday.
After a three-week investigation, Hulrbert’s office obtained a search warrant Thursday to inspect employment records at the Eagle Police Department pertaining to Sgt. Steve Delaney, 54, and Officer Bob Regan, 55, Hurlbert said.
The department consented to investigator Gerry Sandberg looking at the records without the search warrant, Hurlbert said.
Delaney and Regan could not be reached by telephone Thursday afternoon. Acting Eagle police Chief Gary Ward didn’t immediately return a phone message left for him.
Colorado officers are required to pass an exam and become certified with a state organization, Colorado POST, or Peace Officer Standards and Training, Hurlbert said.
“We rely on people having faith in their police,” Hurlbert said. “If they don’t go through training then their faith can be undercut, so we think this is a serious issue.”
Investigators know the two are not certified, Hurlbert said. The employment records will show whether the two were working as officers while uncertified.
A letter tipped of the District Attorney’s Office to the situation, although Hurlbert refused to reveal the author of the letter.
Investigators also are trying to determine if the Eagle Police Department administrators who hired Delaney and Regan knew they weren’t certified, Hurlbert said.
An arrest won’t be made until the District Attorney’s Office sifts through the employment records and determines whether the two were working as officers, Hurlbert said.
The punishment for impersonating a police officer is up to 18 months in prison and a $100,000.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or email@example.com.
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