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  • Town Advertises Police Chief Opening

    The town is advertising a job opening for the position of police chief in seeking a person to replace Michael Kehoe, who announced last month that he would retire as police chief in January.

    This week, the town posted a notice of the job opening at the town clerk’s office and also on the Human Resources section of the town’s website.

  • Officials Consider Police Use Of Body Cameras

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the commission will be discussing whether town police officers should use body cameras while on duty to visually and sonically record their interactions with the public.

    The state legislature on June 29 passed two criminal justice bills, one of which covers the use of police body cameras. That bill requires that state police wear such body cameras and also offers financial incentives to municipalities to have their police departments use such devices.

  • Police: Half Of Local Domestic Abuse Responses Involve ‘High Danger’ Threat

    As more of Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies are joining Newtown’s Police Department using a nationally recognized risk assessment tool when responding to domestic violence calls, local officers employing their recently implemented “Lethality Assessment” interview are finding that half the local victims and their families are reporting “high danger” threats.

  • Police Panel Appoints Itself As Search Committee For New Chief

    The Police Commission has appointed itself to serve as an “executive-level personnel search committee,” which will seek a replacement for Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has announced that he will retire from the police department next January.

    Three of the five police commission members met for a brief session on June 10 to create the search committee, which is comprised of all five commission members.

  • Flagpole Traffic Study Being Considered

    The Police Commission is considering hiring a traffic engineering firm to analyze how the Main Street flagpole intersection could be improved to reduce traffic accidents at the busy five-way junction.

    A recent police study indicated that the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street has the second-highest traffic accident rate in town. A 100-foot-tall flagpole without any protective barriers stands in the center of that intersection.

  • Chief Kehoe’s Retirement

    Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe’s announcement this week of his retirement seven months from now comes at a difficult time for the Newtown Police Department. Whenever a law enforcement agency faces allegations that one of its own has been flagrantly breaking the law rather enforcing it, as happened to the NPD in April, those in charge have some explaining to do. Of course, there is no explaining away criminal activity within a police department, which is supposed to be the heart of vigilance, discipline, and integrity in a community.

  • Police Chief Kehoe Submits Notice of Retirement

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who joined the police department in 1978, has submitted his letter of retirement to the Police Commission, stating that his last day of work will be on January 6, 2016.

    Chief Kehoe worked his way up through the ranks of the organization, becoming its acting chief in 1999, and then becoming its chief in 2001.

  • Police Department Receives Reaccreditation By State Council

    The Newtown Police Department has received reaccreditation from the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC), signifying the department’s continuing compliance with a broad range of law enforcement standards.

    The recognition provides the department with certain credentials in the field of municipal law enforcement.

  • Newtown Prevention Council Focusing On Resiliency

    At the Newtown Prevention Council meeting on Thursday, March 19, members reviewed a workshop conducted in January and worked on ways to continue its efforts to foster a resilient community.

    Prevention Council Vice Chair Donna Culbert said the January event involved 75 people gathering to work on the effort, “and there was a lot of really thoughtful discussion and a lot of concrete suggestions and ideas that were shared.”

  • Burglaries Doubled, Thefts Dropped In 2014

    Statistics on the incidence of property crime that occurred during 2014 compiled by town police indicate that the number of reported burglaries in 2014 more than doubled compared to 2013, and the number of reported thefts decreased.

    According to those statistics, police received reports of 52 burglaries during 2014, compared to 24 burglaries in 2013, representing an almost 117 percent increase in that crime category.