The ABC15 Investigators have confirmed that a Phoenix Police commander is under investigation for allegedly sleeping on the job.
Commander Glen Gardner was placed under internal investigation on April 12.
In a written statement, Phoenix Police said he was “reportedly neglecting his duties (sleeping), while assigned as the night shift commander.”
The department also said that alleged conduct is “unacceptable for a Phoenix Police officer, let alone a member of our command staff.”
A spokesman said the department couldn’t release more details until their internal investigation is complete.
Read Phoenix Police’s full statement at the bottom of this story.
Sources told ABC15 that Gardner did not respond to a radio call to “clear him” while on shift. He was later found to be at the home of a fellow Phoenix officer.
Gardner has been with Phoenix Police for about 25 years. A spokesman said has been reassigned to an administrative position within the department until the investigation is complete.
Gardner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Phoenix Police Department’s full statement:
The Phoenix Police Department is conducting an investigation into recent allegations involving a Phoenix Police commander who was reportedly neglecting his duties (sleeping), while assigned as the night shift commander.
The Phoenix Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau has began an internal investigation into the allegations of neglect of duty and unprofessional conduct; the employee involved has been reassigned to an administrative position within the department, pending the outcome of the investigation.
The conduct alleged is unacceptable for a Phoenix Police officer, let alone a member of our command staff. Phoenix residents expect and should know that police supervisors and managers will be held to the highest code of ethical standards and anything less will be dealt with appropriately.
In accordance with Arizona state law and our employees due process, the investigation details cannot be released until completed.