Police departments across Connecticut send help to Newtown - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Police departments across Connecticut send help to Newtown

SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Many Newtown police officers have been working around the clock since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. Now, dozens of police departments are doing whatever they can to give those officers a break.

There are anywhere between 50 and 60 police departments who have been assisting Newtown, and many of them said they don't want to be recognized for it, saying they're just doing their jobs.

"It's a heavy toll they are having to deal with, and that's why they need help," said Southington police Chief Jack Daly. "Many, many towns are willing to help."

That includes Southington.

Daly said two police officers were sent to Newtown on Wednesday, and there are plans to send more through the rest of the week and into the weekend.

"There's a lot of people out there looking to help, especially police officers," Daly said. "That's what we do. We help people."

Depending on the police department, some officers like Southington are volunteering their time, but for others it's part of their regular eight-hour shift.

The officers coming from around Connecticut are helping to control traffic, patrol the homes of victims and even helping at funerals.

"The response was immediate and overwhelming, and a lot of departments sent assistance down to the area."

Various police departments will continue the effort as long as Newtown needs it, and police said it's not something they have to do - but want to do.

"Newtown can be Any town, USA, and that's why we are all willing to help," Daly said. "If it ever happened here we would need help also, and there's no town equip for handling that type of tragedy."

Many police officers have even said they would be willing to work on Christmas to let the people of Newtown be with friends and families.

"I appreciate the many area police departments and the Connecticut State Police, who have provide immediate assistance in our time of need. said Newtown Police Chief Michael K. Kehoe in his first statement since the shooting. "The unconditional support of the law enforcement community as we investigate and recover has been overwhelming."

Copyright 2012 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:19:49 GMT
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
  • Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:09:01 GMT
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:19:50 GMT

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly