I-Team: Police investigate photo of officer sleeping in cruiser

An NBC 10 viewer sent the I-Team a picture of what appears to be a female Providence police officer sleeping in her cruiser.

Police told the I-Team they are aware of the photo making its way around Facebook and Instagram.

Cmdr. Thomas Oates of the Providence Police Department would not identify the officer but said there is an internal investigation to get to the bottom of how and why this happened.

The picture was taken Sunday afternoon in the city's south side at the corners of Broad and Early streets. A time stamp on the phone shows its 2:18 p.m.

Oates said the officer was on a paid detail at a fixed location for an event that was going on at the time.