A nine-page report by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association found that the Newtown Police Department, “responded to the scene rapidly, positioned themselves appropriately and followed their department policy,” on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The report is a peer-review performed by a committee of police chiefs from the CPCA. It was requested by Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe after some media outlets claimed that the department’s initial response was delayed.
“They were there, they took into account everything that was happening on the outside, and they addressed the situation the best way that they could,” South Windsor Police Chief and CPCA committee member Matthew Reed said.
According to the report, the first 911 call for an active shooting came into the Newtown Dispatch center at 9:35 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2012. The first officers arrived on the scene 2 minutes and 41 seconds later.
“The officers get out of their car and you hear the radio transmission that I think there’s shots coming from the front of the school, maybe from up on the roof of the school. But, at the same time, there’s now a person running down on the side of the school,” Reed said.
Officers apprehended that person, who turned out to be a parent.
Then 5 minutes and 7 seconds after arriving, two teams of officers entered the elementary school from the boiler room and the playground. Police were on the scene only roughly 1 minute and 10 seconds before Adam Lanza killed himself.
“So, the question is, in those minute and 10 seconds, this is what people will scrutinize, could they have done something different? … They were there. They took into account everything that was happening on the outside, and they addressed the situation the best way that they could,” Reed said.