Many Newtown police officers have been working around the clock since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. Now, dozens of police departments are doing whatever they can to give those officers a break.
There are anywhere between 50 and 60 police departments who have been assisting Newtown, and many of them said they don't want to be recognized for it, saying they're just doing their jobs.
"It's a heavy toll they are having to deal with, and that's why they need help," said Southington police Chief Jack Daly. "Many, many towns are willing to help."
That includes Southington.
Daly said two police officers were sent to Newtown on Wednesday, and there are plans to send more through the rest of the week and into the weekend.
"There's a lot of people out there looking to help, especially police officers," Daly said. "That's what we do. We help people."
Depending on the police department, some officers like Southington are volunteering their time, but for others it's part of their regular eight-hour shift.
The officers coming from around Connecticut are helping to control traffic, patrol the homes of victims and even helping at funerals.
"The response was immediate and overwhelming, and a lot of departments sent assistance down to the area."
Various police departments will continue the effort as long as Newtown needs it, and police said it's not something they have to do - but want to do.
"Newtown can be Any town, USA, and that's why we are all willing to help," Daly said. "If it ever happened here we would need help also, and there's no town equip for handling that type of tragedy."
Many police officers have even said they would be willing to work on Christmas to let the people of Newtown be with friends and families.
"I appreciate the many area police departments and the Connecticut State Police, who have provide immediate assistance in our time of need. said Newtown Police Chief Michael K. Kehoe in his first statement since the shooting. "The unconditional support of the law enforcement community as we investigate and recover has been overwhelming."
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