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Conn. Police Chiefs Association analyze Newtown response

The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association has released its findings of an analysis of police response to Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th.


The report, which was called for by Newtown Chief Michael Kehoe, was completed by a group of police chiefs from outside of Fairfield County with no prior relationship to the Newtown Police.   The goal of their analysis was to determine whether the police response to the school shooting was timely and in keeping with current law enforcement best practices.


The subcommittee found that Newtown officers responded to the scene rapidly, positioned themselves appropriately, and followed their department policy. 


The group studied 911 calls, in-car police cameras and other materials.  They also made a site visit to Newtown and viewed the officers’ response routes, staging location, and layout of the school building, including entry points.  Newtown is 59 square miles, and the report says the size of the community was taken into account as well as the location of officers when the emergency call was received. 


The report says the accepted practice is that first arriving officers would park at a reasonable distance to assess the status and location of the threat.  In reviewing the nearly 6 minutes before officers entered the building, the group found that activity on the exterior of the building drew the immediate attention of arriving officers.

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Todd Schnitt

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