LAPD employee under internal investigation

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Crime: She told a member of the public that she was a police officer

By Whitney Jones

A Los Alamos Police Department employee is under investigation for parking in a disabled space and telling a resident that she had the right to do so because she was a police officer.
Sandra Quintana, however, works in the records department and is not a police officer, according to Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun.
Dispatch call records state that Quintana told Bill Dunn, who approached her for not having a proper placard, that she was a police officer.
“It was clear that she wasn’t,” Dunn said.
He called dispatch to inform the department that someone without a placard had parked in the disabled parking spot at the fire administration building and that he told her that she could get in trouble for parking there.
But according to dispatch logs, Quintana told Dunn that she was a police officer multiple times, but didn’t provide any form of identification, dispatch logs state. She also told Dunn that she was friends with all the judges and threatened to file a complaint against him.
Dunn said the matter was trivial and didn’t feel threatened by Quintana. He said he did not file an additional complaint with the department.
Even so, Capt. Randy Foster said the incident is currently under internal investigation, but that no case file or report has been filed because it is not a criminal matter. Foster said he could not comment any further because the matter is a personnel issue.
Quintana is not on administrative leave.