Sleeping Trenton Cop Suspended

A Trenton police officer caught snoozing in his patrol car is suspended without pay.

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    Trenton police officer Richard Takach has been suspended after a photo of him sleeping in his patrol car was posted online. NBC10's Deanna Durante spoke to Takach's attorney who claims that the punishment is too harsh. (Published Thursday, Jul 26, 2012)

    A Trenton police officer has been suspended after a photo of him asleep in his patrol car was posted online.

    The photo of Officer Richard Takach was taken by a passerby.

    Trenton City Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. tells The Trentonian newspaper having a sleeping officer in uniform, in a patrol car and carrying a gun is ``dangerous to the city whether the officer is working or not.''

    Takach's lawyer, Stuart Alterman, tells the newspaper the 12-year veteran of the force was ``not on city time'' and needs to work additional hours because of living expenses.

    Private companies pay the city to hire officers who want to increase their salaries.