Sleeping Trenton Cop Suspended

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

By Jackie Gailey
|  Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 6:41 PM EDT
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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.

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.

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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.
 

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