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Snoozing N.J. Cop Suspended

July 26, 2012  | 

Photo via Twitter.
Photo via Twitter.

A Trenton (N.J.) Police Department officer was suspended without pay Wednesday after a photo circulated on the Internet showing him asleep in his cruiser.

Officer Richard Takach, a 12-year veteran of the department, was caught snoozing by a passerby, who posted the photo on Twitter.

It was unclear whether Takach was on duty or working a side job when the photo was taken. Either way, said Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr., "this is a safety issue to the public and to himself and we have suspended him without pay," pending a hearing on Monday.

Read the full The Trentonian story.

Comments (7)

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Certes @ 7/26/2012 8:54 PM

Nice officer safety. You're lucky that the only thing the passerby was shooting was a camera.

john @ 7/26/2012 9:54 PM

The officer was obviously tired which happens to all of us. I always believed that when you're really tired it is better to find a hole somewhere and catch some shut eye rather than continue to drive, fall asleep at the wheel, crash your unit, and risk harming yourself & others.
Some might complain he is not being paid to sleep, but let's be realist ic- sometimes you get tired when you're at work especially if you're working rotating shift changes, and need to rest. He's a human not a robot.

DaveSAM25G @ 7/26/2012 10:27 PM

Officer safety is the biggest concern...Everyone get's tired but being on duty with weapon etc in a public setting not good...How about radio the field Sgt and work something out make up time or give him an extended lunch break and have him make it up...Maybe he had lunch already sometimes after you eat you get tired I know I did on mids-swings. The person taking the shot left a good image of himself as well in the reflection.

Henry @ 7/26/2012 11:15 PM

How do we know he wasn't on break? It looks like from the reflection in the window it will be easy to identify the jerk that took this photo. I hope Trenton Police find this person and give them a little street justice New Jersey style.

Geekcop @ 7/27/2012 6:58 AM

Really guys. This obviously out of shape "officer" is snoozing on the job. Bottom line...he's not doing his job. Everyone knows each department has "that guy" who luckily does not represent the vast majority of professional officers protecting their communities. Don't make excuses for him. Each and every one of us has done shifts and been exhausted at times and pushed through or done the right thing and spoke with our supervisors and made other arrangements. Do you really think this was safe for him to do OR puts us (the majority of professionals) in a good light? Keep it safe. Keep it professional.

mike @ 7/27/2012 8:23 AM

Every cop-hating moron has a camera phone. Keep that in mind whenever you are out in public. When you're inside the station, be aware of cops with helmet cams, hidden tape recorders and excessively thin skin!

[email protected] @ 7/29/2012 10:14 AM

Henry, Mike & John: You are missing the point. Trenton,NJ is a very violent city and the chance to "off" a cop is scary! He's damn lucky it was only a camera. He should have found a better place to take five. The fact that dispatch hadn't noticed indicates he probably did call it in. Still, sloppy. Stay safe.

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