Philly police investigating dozing cops called out on social media

 Twitter user @LuvonTop13 took this photo over the weekend of two officers who were sleeping while on duty in the Kensington area.

Twitter user @LuvonTop13 took this photo over the weekend of two officers who were sleeping while on duty in the Kensington area.

Philadelphia Police are investigating why two on-duty offices were discovered sleeping in their patrol car.

The image of the two dozing officers stationed in the Kensington area gained traction on social media after a passerby snapped a photo.

In the picture, the officer in the passenger seat has his eyes closed and his glasses perched atop his head, which is tilted back. The police officer behind the wheel is also snoozing.

They were 24th District officers, covering the Kensington and Port Richmond area, working the late shift this weekend.

Lt. John Stanford said the department has opened an investigation.

“Not the most egregious thing that you ever see in policing,” Stanford said. “But not something that’s appropriate. It’s something that will be addressed, but we can’t condone it and let people think that’s something that should be considered OK.”

Stanford notes that all officers receive a lunch break and breaks throughout their shift. Stanford isn’t sure how or why the two were caught in a dreamy haze.

“Not making excuses as to why it happened, or how it happened. It happened,” Stanford said. “It’s going to be addressed, and hopefully this won’t happen again, with these officers, or anybody else for that matter.”

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