admin — July 3, 2005, 10:30 pm

Sleep Apnea & Darvocet Cause Police Officer Sleeps on the Job

Sleeping police officer resigns after being caught sleeping on the job:

He did not return phone calls, but in documents released by the Winter Haven Police Department, Bissett, 42, said he suffers from sleep apnea and takes Darvocet, a prescription pain reliever. Bissett never disclosed those things to supervisors until the internal investigation.

During the review, Bissett told supervisors he did not help the woman because he was not dispatched to the scene; didn’t want to contribute to “onlooker” congestion; and wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome of the medical emergency.

I probably spent some time asleep as a nuclear reactor operator on a fast attack submarine.

When you look at things like that from the outside they can seem absurd, but things that do not change frequently end up being taken for granted. How do you keep a person alert when stuff does not change often and they suffer from a lack of quality sleep at night?

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