Newtown Police To Scrutinize Their 12/14 Response

Police Chief Michael Kehoe says the state report released last Monday shows officers handled the situation appropriately.

The Newtown Police Department is planning a full review of its actions on Dec. 14 in the wake of the state's summary report released last week, as a Danbury attorney's office plans to release the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The review will examine the choices, judgment calls and tactical decisions made in the minutes from 9:35 a.m., when the first 911 call was placed from Sandy Hook Elementary School, until police entered the building at about 9:44 a.m.

Police union head Scott Ruszczyk told Patch the state's report showed "exactly what we expected."

"The response was very rapid and timely," he said. "Could it be done better next time? Probably. Will that take review by departments around the country? Sure. Every critical instance we learn something we can do to improve it."

Ruszczyk said the report quashed some confusion that had been harmful in past months, including allegations that Newtown police were ordered to remain outside the building while shooting was still taking place.

"There's been a lot of rumors that have been planted, and they've all been shown to be untrue," he said. "The report says exactly what we expected. In terms of the police response, it's unbelievable that somebody would inflict more pain on those families by casting down on what happened that day. When the report came out, it said all those unnamed sources are wrong."

Police Chief Michael Kehoe told The Danbury News-Times last week the report vindicated police, who faced criticism for a six-minute response time. Kehoe said police took precautions on the possibility of more than one shooter.

"You drive up to the front window, you're going to be a victim," he said. "You don't want to be the first responder victim."

A state judge ruled Tuesday audio recordings of the 911 calls from Dec. 14 will be made public this week. Danbury attorneys Cohen & Wolf will release the 911 calls to the Newtown Police Department — but not to state police — Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
Tony December 02, 2013 at 04:07 PM
And the Newtown BOE needs to do the same and explain to every parent what has been done since 12.14 to either prevent and/or slow down a similar incident from happening again.
Yay Write December 02, 2013 at 08:50 PM
@ Tony no they don't..why would they give out information to help someone...
rob stanwich December 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Seems like the police dept did a good job.
Tony December 03, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Yay...because I have kids in elementary school here in Newtown and I need to know that the failures from SHES have been addressed. For example, sub-teachers did not have keys to lock the doors, or staff has to rely on someone using their personal cell phone to call 911 or teachers had to guess what was happening instead of being notified through an automated system. as parents we have a right to know what failed and what is being done to protect our children.
COSMO P December 04, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Tony you are 100% qnd the key issue is big, According to sources the one door that was not locked was the one he entered of course. According to some he tried a couple of doors that were locked and moved on to one that was open. So once again all the safety programs and devices that were available to stop this sort of thing were not in place.
COSMO P December 04, 2013 at 04:38 AM
But once again Tony that door is history and no one will ever know if it was locked. The evidence along with other evidence is long gone. Fancy that!!!
Marilyn December 04, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Tony, if you have questions you would be smart to go talk to the BOE, rather than ask that question here. Too many conspiracy theorists here that troll...and spew their theories on what really happened. We all know what happened. I for one am tired of hearing about should of, could of, would of...They won't make an announcement to the public of the upgrades that they have done in the schools because...well...that should be obvious. If you want everyone in the world to know the security upgrades, then you better plan for another disaster! I too have children in the Newtown schools and I know what's going on!
Marilyn December 04, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Cosmo...apparently you have all the facts...or do you just like stirring all the theories...you did mention a cover up...who were your "sources"? Apparently the door wasn't locked???
Yay Write December 05, 2013 at 10:34 PM
@ cosmo p: you have very bad information. you mite want to get you facts correct...
COSMO P December 06, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Ok how can you dispute thios when the evidence is GONE!!!! And by the way i got my info from an insider. So show the public the door to the class room that was either shot through or left UNLOCKED. Please provide that info or my post is correct!!
COSMO P December 06, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Ok Marilyn the door was not locked as you just posted, That is part of the safety parameters that was not followed. WHY and why was that never made public. So lets see if the shooter tried a couple of locked doors and could not get in those people were safe to an extent, But that door was open and that is where the kids were shot. So correct me on the policy of that school as to weather class room doors should be locked and iot was in fact not. Cover up you decide. Not releasing the facts on safety procedures caused this to happen !!! Who knows. But not locking that door may have gave them more time for the response they needed. You decide i am posting what i was told.
COSMO P December 06, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Let the BOE show photos of the door to confirm SAFETY POLICIES THEY IMPLEMENTED!!!
Marilyn December 06, 2013 at 08:38 AM
That wasn't a statement...that was sarcasm...because of your ALL CAPS post! You obviously don't live in Newtown, so let it go. There is no cover up, but obviously YOU think so. That just confirms that you're one of those whackos that believes this didn't even happen. Keep stirring your BS! Like Tony, you just complain here...all the time. If you have a legitimate concern get off your...well you can fill in that blank...and talk to the authorities!
COSMO P December 07, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I did not say the tragedy did not happen . What i have been saying is the evidence has been covered up. WHY. And no opne is asking why the implemented safety rules were not followed. So Marilyn have the authorities show photos of the class room door and lets see if the dead bolt was applied. All i am saying is everyone is blaming guns and not looking else where. This is a crime in itself and no one is answering questions on safety regulations. So keep blabbing about suppressing evidence and do not hold the BOE responsible for enforcing there regulations on safety procedures. Was the door locked properly. IT WAS NOT and she did not have the key. That is a fact and to prove my point where is the evidence THE DOOR. GONE and no one cares!!! You should want the truth on why this happened and who is responsible. Just as all the anti gun Zealots grabbed our guns for no dam reason.
COSMO P December 07, 2013 at 11:05 PM
SARCASM clearly a great issue and one that caused 20 children to be murdered. I do not think sarcasm is something to sneer about as the class room door was in fact NOT LOCKED. You ask the BOE WHY. I have already got the answer to that a long time ago. Or have them produce the door and that will tell the story to who is lying or covering up. If i had kids in that school i would want that question answered with factual proof and the actual door. What is the sense of having safety devices if they are not used and or applied. You people beat all you know that.
Marilyn December 08, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Cosmo you are just talking around and around in circles! You have no idea what you are talking about and you think you have all the facts! Since you just admitted you don't have kids in that school and I'm pretty sure you don't live in town, stop stirring the pot!
COSMO P December 08, 2013 at 10:26 PM
@ Marilyn You are blind of the truth as someone that does not want the truth you are truly not qualified to post on it without research. MSN reported the following>>>>>Hartford Courant NEWTOWN - — Following the Dec. 14 slaying of students and school personnel at Sandy Hook Elementary School, town education officials took steps to make sure all substitute teachers have keys to their classrooms so they can lock the doors at the start of each day. "We became aware that not all substitutes had keys," Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson said Wednesday. Each school was notified that substitutes should be given classroom keys. The issue arose after the shooting when the father of substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau, one of the victims, raised questions about whether she was provided with a key to the classroom. The door was in fact not LOCKED. And not being a resident will not change this no matter how hard you wish it or call people that have researched someone stirring the pot. Finding out the facts should be fist priority in my view. If you don't care do not call people out with you lack of knowledge on the facts. people like you that do not want the facts are the reason this case has been so controversial and evidence suppressed. Now start researching the facts before blabbing nonsense. The shooter tried to get in to several class rooms that in fact were locked. He then found 2 opened and killed everyone in those rooms. Period fact case closed and the BOE should be questioned on lack of security and policy. If you feel differently so be it but do not mouth off without facts. As usual people like you are in the denial state and do not want the truth.
Marilyn December 09, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Janet Robinson...that is the key...she was horrible while she was here! 5 years and never visited the schools...that says a lot! I am not blind to the truth, just really tired of people like you spewing crap on a regular basis. I have plenty of knowledge what happened that day. YOU have NO idea, so don't call me names and tell me what I should do! Why are you more "qualified" than ANYONE else to make comments here? People like me? What does that mean? How about people like you? Constantly here with negative comments on any subject. Regardless of the doors (by the way, I never said they were locked or not), it was a psycho with a gun that shot his way into the school. Get a life and stop being a bully!
COSMO P December 09, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Glad you brought up BULLIES. newtown residents lead the way with there demands and there gun control CRAP. They bullied every law abiding gun owner in this state and other states as well. Talk about bullies. And what is your feelings on an incompetent school district that allowed those doors not locked. it is people like you that do not want answers to this and are the ones that do not take these people to task. Clearly not many newtown residents care about this and other things that were covered up. So now you are mad because i brought up the truth and you do not like it. Well fancy that. THE TRUTH HURTS . By the way you never responded to the fact that the door was not locked. Was that the fault of every gun owner on the planet. just checking!! You people in newtown beat all
Marilyn December 09, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Don't lump me with your rant...I had nothing to do with gun control crap, as you state it. People like me....enough with that...I have the answers I need...obviously you don't so you continue to rant! I don't believe you can speak for "Newtown people", so why don't you stop? I'm not mad...I know the truth..again...you have no idea WHAT I know or WHO I am, so stop assuming...you know what they say when you assume...and you are being one, for sure! I'm done responding to your BS. Repeating the same thing over and over again doesn't make it true. It's clear you like to hear yourself speak and try to make everyone else listen. Done!
Harold Callahan January 07, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Marilyn why don't you ascertain the facts before you start running your mouth off accusing people of being CTs? Fact MULTIPLE TEACHERS COULD NOT LOCK THEIR DOORS! Deborah Piani was one of them and she was shot! Don't you care ? Kaitlin Roig could not lock her door! Vicki Soto could not lock her door! Lives could have been saved BUT YOU DON'T CARE FACT- the police report documentation said the shooter was fatally wounded by police. Rick Thorne's 911 call corroborates this. Fact- Natalie Hammond said the shooter wore a mask - yet there is no picture of this with Lanza's clothes Fact- The report said Lanza shot himself in the back of the head with Glock's most powerful gun. HOW DID HE DO THAT- and only a drop of blood and two hairs were in his hat. Newtown Bee reported and armed SWAT officer from another town was in the woods and Newtown police believed there was shooting from outside. Fact- Two hoodie sweatshirts were outside of Lanza's car. YES TWO Fact - Fox news reported a potential second shooter was taken into custody and a body was found at his house. The suddenly the report was expunged. You can's handle the truth can you. The writing is on the wall Marilyn the truth will be exposed with FACTS!
Harold Callahan January 07, 2014 at 06:59 PM
WHY WERE SO MANY TEACHERS UNABLE TO LOCK THEIR DOORS ? If they practice Lockdown drills can somebody explain why so many other teachers could not lock their doors? OK the substitute teacher did not have a set of keys but what about Roig? Soto? Pisani? Conference room 9? We are fortunate some some sleezy lawyers have not filed a case against the town. If they did all of the donations combined could not cover the settlement.
Marilyn January 07, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Harold=Cosmo P...enough said...apparently you love to run your suck!
Mary Ann Jacob January 07, 2014 at 10:36 PM
The doors could only be locked from the outside with a key....so...for the teachers who were very close to the front door that was a problem. Sleezy lawyers need sleezy clients.....


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