EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s a picture of an East Haven police officer with his eyes closed with what appears to be a neck pillow, inside a cruiser.
“I don’t think it’s very good as far as their reputation and what it has been, and now they’re caught sleeping on the job. It kind of just goes hand-in-hand,” said Kellie Consiglio.
News 8 brought this picture to the East Haven Police Department to show Chief Brent Larrabee. He said it’s hard to tell exactly who it is at the first few glimpses. “Obviously, I don’t condone it. There are reasons. Working overnight shifts, it’s an occupational hazard. People have a difficult time staying awake,” Larrabee said.
The viewer who sent the picture in through News 8’s “Report It” feature says it was taken at 5:30 a.m.
“It is true we’ve been working a lot of hours lately. Many of the men and women have been working 16-hour days for the last five of six days of the week. Given all that, it’s still inexcusable,” the chief said.
News 8 went to Mayor Joe Maturo’s office to get his take on this and ask if this was a signal that more police need to be put on the streets. His staff said he was there, but then came out and said he’s not making any comments right now.
Chief Larrabee says if there’s an investigation, it’s determined something is wrong and this is a repeated occurrence, “We’ll have to take some action.”
“The only piece of what I’ve seen so far in your picture, and it’s a little unclear, it looks like he has some kind of neck pillow. If that’s there, that’s disturbing,” he said.
Others who took a look say pillow or no pillow, everyone gets sleepy. Walter Vaneck said he was not mad. “I’ve slept on the job,” he said.