Although the person who snapped the picture is not known, Niagara Regional Police know who the officer is and are conducting an investigation.
She looks so peaceful; mouth open, hands folded on her lap, computer shoved over to one side. It is not known where and when the photograph was taken, but after the picture went viral on Facebook and Twitter, Niagara Regional Police acknowledged they know who the officer is.
A spokesperson for the police service, Derek Watson, is quoted in the Welland Tribune as saying, "From a performance and officer safety perspective, NRP will be looking into the circumstances in which the photo was taken."
The Toronto Sun reports the photograph was first posted online on June 12. A person with the user name of Stephanie Gogo put the picture on a Facebook page called People Unite Against Police Brutality. According to the page, the group is composed of people "who are tired of police beating and mistreating people."
Pat Hudak, of Canada Court Watch, posted the picture on the Facebook pages of several newspapers in the Niagara area. But Hudak does not want to see the unidentified officer lose her job. He was quoted in the Toronto Sun as saying, We absolutely do not want to see this lady fired. Absolutely not. I think she needs to be taken aside and given a strict talking to. Being asleep with her door unlocked is dangerous to her and the public. But she shouldn't be fired.
Whatever punishment, if any, the officer ultimately receives, it is likely Niagara Regional Police will agree with Hudak's assessment of the potential danger the officer put herself and the public in.