Newtown Police Department

  • New Sergeant Takes Oath At Police Department

    Tuesday, September 8, marked a milestone in the law enforcement career of Scott Smith at the Newtown Police Department, as he took his oath of office for sergeant from Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead.

    As Sergeant Smith, 32, recited his oath, his wife Sara looked on, while holding their twin daughters Natalie and Nora, who are 1½ years old.

    Many friends and family members, as well as colleagues and town officials, attended the event held in the main classroom at the police station.

  • In Lawsuit, Former Sergeant Alleges Discrimination At Police Department

    In a lawsuit filed in federal court, a former Newtown police sergeant is seeking money damages, charging that she was the victim of a pervasive pattern of sexual harassment by members of the Newtown Police Department.

  • 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.

  • The Police And PTSD

    By the spring of 2014, Officer Thomas Bean had been off the duty roster of the Newtown Police Department for more than a year. The post traumatic stress disorder he suffered following the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings had disabled him to the point where he could no longer work in his chosen career as a police officer. He had struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts since responding to the mass murder of 20 first graders and six educators.

  • Talking About The Police Department

    The arrests in the middle of last week of a Newtown Police sergeant and emergency services dispatcher on federal drug trafficking charges twisted the normal proud narrative we apply to local first responders to a point of painful fracture.

  • Four-Vehicle Crash Sends Three To Hospital, Snarls Traffic

    Police report that a four-vehicle accident occurred about 4 pm on March 11 at the four-way intersection of Berkshire Road (Route 34), Bennetts Bridge Road, and Grays Plain Road in Sandy Hook.

    The collision resulted in three people being transported to the hospital for medical evaluation. Also, the incident created extensive travel delays during the evening rush period.

    The driver of one vehicle involved in the accident needed to be extricated from the wreckage by Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company.

  • Police Need A New Facility

    To the Editor:

    Twenty-four hours a day 365 days a year the old tractor store, where the Police Department of Newtown are housed, is the most used building in town. You may have noted the new construction throughout town for the other first responders EMS and the firemen.

    No doubt the Police Commission has formulated plans for a new modern building. We must not  forget the needs of all our first responders. Newtowners should support their police personnel by moving toward a new  modern facility very soon.

  • Local Police Officers Getting A New Look: New, More Practical Uniforms

    A good measure of the crime deterrence of police on patrol stems from their high visibility both in their vehicles and on foot.

    During the past few years, town police have phased in some changes in their marked patrol vehicles, moving from large, dark blue sedans to smaller black and white sedans, and now to black and white SUVs that are specially designed for police patrols.

  • ‘What Parents Should Know’ Presentation On Drugs Set For January 8

    The Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association (NEOA) has scheduled a presentation on Thursday, January 8, at 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, for parents of middle school and high school age students in Newtown.

    The event will be held in the school’s auditorium.

    Newtown Public Schools, the Newtown Police Department, and the Newtown Prevention Council  have partnered with the NEOA to bring parents the workshop on teen substance abuse.