NBC10 Philadelphia - Deanna Durante
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.
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.