05/26/2012

Twitter snap catches transit cop sleeping on job

Transit police staff discovered a picture of the sleeping officer that a passenger posted to Twitter

By Richard Weir
The Boston Herald

BOSTON — A 29-year veteran transit cop is facing disciplinary action for dozing on the job while posted at a substation serving the Mattapan high-speed line and Blue Hill Avenue buses, according to MBTA police officials.

Transit police staff discovered a picture of the sleeping officer that a passenger posted to Twitter on Tuesday night about 9:40 p.m. and immediately dispatched a supervisor to the River Street station in Mattapan, said Transit Police Deputy Chief Joseph O'Connor.

'When the supervisor got there minutes later, he found the officer alert and attending to his duties,' O'Connor said, adding that the officer did not deny catching some Z's while on duty.

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