Officer admits sleeping on the job

South Charleston police officer suspended after this photo surfaced. (Photo/provided)
South Charleston police officer suspended after this photo surfaced. (Photo/provided)
This letter was sent to Officer Michael Shah in response to a photo that shows him sleeping on the job. (WDTN Photo)
This letter was sent to Officer Michael Shah in response to a photo that shows him sleeping on the job. (WDTN Photo)

SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Monday a photograph surfaced that got a South Charleston police officer suspended.

2 NEWS received the photo from a tipster. It appears to show the officer asleep on the job. 2 NEWS reached out to the Village of South Charleston’s police chief about the photo but Chief Brian Redish declined to comment on camera, calling it a departmental affair.

Redish said in a statement the photo, “has been an embarrassment. The officer has been suspended and the matter is being looked into.”  The photo has since circulated through social media.

Tuesday morning 2 NEWS received a copy of a letter to Officer Michael Shah that says Officer Shah was in a photo that “looks as if you are sleeping in the cruiser.” The letter also states that Shah later admitted to a supervisor and admitted to being asleep.  The letter further says the investigation found the offense to be true and Shah will receive a written notice in his file as well as a three-day suspension.

The letter is signed by both the Chief of Police and the City Manager.

The South Charleston Police Department is a small staff. Its web site shows that it has six part-time officers. A sergeant and chief are listed on staff.  An auxiliary program employs 12 commissioned officers.

 

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