Pinellas County, Florida-- A Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy is suffering some consequences for snoozing instead of protecting and serving while on the clock.
According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Jason Walker was told Wednesday he'll be serving 20 days of suspension over the next three months after several deputy recruits- assigned to him for field training- said Walker dozed off during his shift on several occasions.
A memorandum detailing PCSO's investigation into Walker's violations says four of his seven assigned recruits claimed they caught him sleeping in the passenger seat of his patrol car for up to 45 minutes at a time.
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One deputy recruit said Walker napped up to three times per workday, and that it happened during at least 11 of their shared 13 shifts between January and May this year.
Deputy Walker admitted he slept on the job, but said it was not as often as the deputy recruits claimed. According to Walker, the deputies likely thought he was asleep at times, when instead, he was just sitting with his eyes closed.
This is not Walker's first- or even second- offense related to resting on the job. He was written-up in 2011 for sleeping in his car as a K9 tracked a burglar, and before that in 2008 for "remaining stationary in secluded areas for an extended period of time and not conducting patrols," says the memorandum.
In addition to his suspension, Deputy Walker will be removed from the Field Training Program and lose shift bidding privileges.