By Bill Carey
HEMPSTEAD, NY – Two Long Island police officers are under investigation after they were filmed sleeping inside their cruiser.
The two officers, who were recently assigned to overnight duty, patrolled the Terrace Avenue community. Their car was running and the driver’s window was down, as the resident easily showed in the close-up video, CBS New York reported.
“We are aware of the video. It is under investigation. Public safety is our top priority. Therefore, appropriate action will be taken,” Assistant Chief Richard Holland said.
Assistant Chief Holland said the video was recorded between 3 and 6
“It’s a vulnerable situation where you’re sleeping and you’re in a high crime area. Anything can happen,” said Randy Stith, president of the Hempstead School Board. “The officers and everyone are fortunate that the individual had nothing else in mind other than videotaping the incident.”
Sleeping on duty is grounds for disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment.
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