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A correction officer has been disciplined for dozing on the job after a colleague snapped a picture of her asleep while on post at a Rikers Island infirmary, officials said yesterday. A clearly conked-out Nadja Green is leaning in a chair with her head back, arms folded, eyes closed and mouth open. But even more alarming is an amused inmate seen hovering above her, mere inches from a set of keys that hangs from her belt. The picture was circulated around the department, and a source e-mailed it to The Post. Green was transferred on the island and placed on modified duty watching female inmates. She will face charges of sleeping on the job and other security– and performance-related charges.

“We do not expect this type of behavior or performance from our officers, nor do we tolerate it,” said city correction spokesman Steve Morello. The officer who took the picture, Claudel Barrau, was also transferred and placed on modified duty. Morello said possession and use of cellphones in jails, even by guards, is prohibited. “They are only allowed to carry a cell into a property locker and not into jail proper,” Morello said. “And not where inmates circulate. It’s a basic and obvious regulation and this represents a breach.” Officials said the embarrassing photo was taken earlier this month in the prison’s North Infirmary Command, formerly Rikers Island Hospital , which houses nearly 400 sick prisoners. 

Morello said the picture was brought to the attention of the department’s senior management. He said officials do not believe the sleeping officer was ever in any danger. There will be no charges against the inmate in the picture. Green, who turned 30 yesterday, has been on the job 4½ years. She lives in Queens and could not be reached for comment.


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