HARTFORD (AP) – Members of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's panel charged with reviewing school safety, mental health and public safety following the Newtown school massacre say they want their final report to have national significance.
Robert Ducibella, a member of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission and a security consultant, said July 12 he feels the group has a responsibility to broaden its recommendations beyond the December 14 shooting in Connecticut and craft a report that's meaningful to other states as well.
“We have an opportunity to do something more broad and meaningful,” Ducibella said during the Friday meeting.
Recommendations made by a similar group following the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado led to changes in how police handle active shooter incidents.
Malloy's commission, which includes experts from varied fields, is expected to present a final package of recommendations near the end of this year or early next year. Some members said they want to make sure that report doesn't just collect dust on a shelf. They suggested using social media to get the word out about their recommendations and also reconvening, possibly annually, to make sure the ideas are being implemented.
“I think we have an obligation to the Newtown community and state of Connecticut to make sure the dialogue continues beyond the issuance of this report,” said Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, a commission member.
In related news, commission members learned they could receive the state police investigative report into the Sandy Hook shooting in September. Several members suggested they should begin working now on their recommendations and not wait until that report is released, saying many details of the crime that left 20 first graders and six educators dead have already been revealed.