Two police officers were caught on camera dozing in their illegally-parked patrol car on New Year’s Day.
The Police officers were photographed in the vehicle, which was parked on a pavement, around 3.45am in Sidcup, south east London. They had left the engine of the car running perhaps to keep warm while they dozed in the front seats, according to witnesses.
One passerby said they shouted at the Police officers but failed to wake them up. They said ‘their radios were crackling. We yelled to wake them up but they didn’t budge the cops were oblivious.’
Social media users took to Facebook to discuss the photograph, with some criticising the officers for not being alert.
Mark Gabor Blaskovics wrote: ‘How can you effectively be a presence on the ground and be a deterrence if your eyes are shut? These two unprofessional officers should be suspended.’
And Pat Heath added: ‘How can people defend them for being asleep on the job? Were paying their wages’.
But others spoke out in support of the police and said it was safer for them to sleep than to continue driving if they were tired.
Kelly O’Reilly wrote: ‘If these officers continued to drive feeling obviously very tired and then caused an accident that was fatal people would complain more.’
And Ian Normington added: ‘They have probably been working flat out in double shifts for days.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the force was investigating. They added: ‘We are grateful to The Sun on Sunday for bringing this to our attention.’
The police also informed the Directorate of Professional Standards, which upholds and improves the standards of officers at the force.