Local police from neighboring towns have stepped in to lend a hand giving the staff of the Newton Police Department a very special gift. Thanks to a local grassroots effort to provide support for the town, the entire Newton police department is getting off from work on Christmas Day.
With local police departments volunteering to lend a helping hand to Newton’s police force during this difficult time, they can go home to their families for Christmas.
Newton police have been working non-stop since the tragic Sandy Hook shooting on December 14. The town and police lost 26 precious lives and the community has been reeling since. The nearby communities have stepped in to assist with dispatching, traffic calls and miscellaneous duties.
While the world around them is in full swing with Christmas festivities and cheer, the Newton community is still in shock, lost and mourning. With the neighborly efforts of police from towns in their area stepping up to help, for a day and a time, Newton’s police force can have Christmas.
"It's important to help out," said Officer Jeffrey Nielsen of the Milford police department. "We'll continue to provide help as long as they need it."