A Message From The Newtown Police Chief

Michael Kehoe offers his sympathies, extends appreciation, reassures parents schools are safe, and says police are working to obtain answers to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook School.

The Newtown Police Department wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the families of those lost in the senseless tragedy that visited Sandy Hook Elementary School and to the entire Town of Newtown on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

First, let me offer my praise to our teachers and school staff. They became first responders to unimaginable chaos and violence. Their actions under fire to protect the children inspire us all.

Equally inspiring was the courage of our children in helping their classmates. Our police, fire, and emergency medical personnel reacted quickly and without hesitation, rapidly responding to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Their professionalism was heartwarming to witness; our community is proud of them.

I appreciate the many area police departments and the Connecticut State Police, who have provide immediate assistance in our time ofneed. The unconditional support ofthe law enforcement community as we investigate and recover has been overwhelming.

Processing multiple crime scenes in Newtown, conducting countless interviews, and analyzing all of the evidence is very daunting and time-consuming task. Newtown Police Officers are working with state and federal authorities to thoroughly and professionally analyze all aspects of this crime as we seek answers.

I would like to reassure the people of Newtown that our schools are safe. The staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School had taken all reasonable precautions to provide a safe learning environment to the faculty and students of the school. Those precautions clearly saved lives.

I thank the community for its support of the Newtown Police Department. We much appreciate the outpouring of food, gifts, and expressions of support to our agency.

The Newtown Police Department will work with our community partners to restore a sense of security and normalcy to Newtown. Our law enforcement professionals are committed to helping the community through this difficult period. It is my honor to be associated with such fine people.

kelly makuch December 20, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Thank you! May your hearts and minds heal swiftly. We appreciate all you do to keep us safe.
Keith December 20, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Reject Keith 12:11 am on Thursday, December 20, 2012 Thanks to and the dept. for all you have done and all that lies ahead. I feel safe and confident for my kids. If I can assist let me know Keith Jacobs
Todd Richissin (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 05:26 AM
The note below came into our Patch in Waukee, Iowa. I thought it worth sharing: Tartan Isaac 2:31 pm on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Dear all in Sandy Hook Newtown, At a time like this when words,minds and hearts cannot describe or fathom the anguish and pain of this unimaginable horror,you all are going through right now. We would like you to know that we are standing with you at this time of incomprehensible sorrow;sharing in a small way in our weakness,praying to our only God to give Heavenly Comfort,and console each and every one affected by this tragedy,being held in His Almighty Embrace of Compassion and Love. We are Christians from Pakistan,living in UK,sharing your sorrow and pain. If our arms were long enough to traverse the Atlantic these would embrace you all and comfort you with our love. Tartan and Stella Isaac
Sean Duffy December 20, 2012 at 09:21 AM
The whole community here in Ireland & beyond is totally shocked & abhorred by the violence suffered by the Newtown community.Those children & teachers were all outstanding human beings. Equally impressive is the dignified manner & incredible bravery of those families directly involved. I send my deepest sympathies & respects to the whole Newtown community at this awful time. Sean Duffy, Co,Meath ,Ireland.
Black Kat December 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I have seen all over the news that the shooter/ liked to lock himself in his room and play violent video games. First of all someone that is mentally ill should not be playing. these video games. Not to mention have access to Firearms. It sounds to me he decided to take the video game "Live" to the next level. I strongly believe that instead of worrying about gun control you should worry about how these violent video games are "prepping" our mentally ill for such an attack. And that the families of the victims should go after the makers of these games and not the gun industry. Also People with such Mentally ill people in the house should not have firearms in the house or anywhere the mentally ill person can access them.
Maureen Moore December 20, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Very fast and professional response to event. Thank you as you saved many lives by that quick response
M Stutman December 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Along these lines, I have created a pledge to rid our homes, our town (and hopefully nation) of violent video games and other catalysts of our culture of violence. Please consider participating: http://www.causes.com/actions/1716591
Gara Arrant December 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I hope this message gets to the individual emergency personnel that responded to the unimaginable scene at Sandy Hook. I assume that no amount of training and no amount of exposure to your daily job could possibly prepare you for the aftermath you witnessed. My heart breaks for so many reasons surrounding that dreadful day and you are among those reasons. I pray that you somehow learn to live and cope with the images you must have seen. I'm not sure how that happens. Counseling....prayer....support? So many lives were deeply affected that day and I know that your's are among them. God bless you all and know you are loved, cared for, appreciated, and prayed for.
Susan Williams December 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you Black Kat!
Doug Prunr December 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM
In a case like this you first responders often are tempted to second-guess yourselves. Don't. You all did fine. Now take care of each other. Doug Pruner New Mexico
Doug Prunr December 22, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Can't spell my own name- it's Pruner. :-)
Lois Imbriano Barber January 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Thank you Chief Kehoe and the rest of Newtown's Finest for all your good work during this terrible crisis.


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