Snoozing police officers caught catching forty winks on the job

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Two police officers, who were caught asleep in an unmarked police car while apparently on duty, will face disciplinary action after a passer-by snapped the slumbering pair on camera.

According to the female eyewitness, who wished not to be named, the male and female constables were apparently asleep in their unmarked black Vauxhall Corsa, which was parked at the side of the road near Cambridge city centre at 7.20am on Wednesday morning.


In the photo, the male officer can be seen with his eyes closed and head propped against the window of the car, which was parked on double yellow lines and flashing its hazard lights at the time, according to the witness.

The female officer also appears to be asleep, with her seat rolled backwards and her uniform pulled up over her mouth.

Following the incident, Cambridgeshire Police said they both now face disciplinary action for alleged misconduct.

The passer-by told The Daily Mail, "Police officers save lives - they cannot be asleep. The hazard lights were on and I just looked in because it was parked on double yellows.

"I was really shocked they were obviously in uniform and they were in an unmarked car.

"At first I wasn't sure if someone was okay but they were really fast asleep. I got quite angry. It's not fair when we are paying all the taxes for them.

"I just took the pictures straight away then I thought to myself should I wake them up - I didn't because I wanted to let other people see it for themselves.

"I wasn't thinking of them getting the sack at the time but that'd be fair enough to be honest."

Cambridge News reported that Chief Inspector Paul Ormerod, of Cambridgeshire Police, announced: "It is, of course, a concern that two police constables appear to have been asleep while on duty this morning (May 17).

"We are investigating the circumstances surrounding these images and the matter will be reviewed by senior officers. We have clear standards of behaviour and code of ethics and we treat breaches of this seriously."