ROCKY HILL — Newtown police officers responded rapidly and followed current policy at last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association said Thursday after conducting a review requested by the town’s police chief.
A panel from the chiefs association visited Newtown, interviewed officers and studied documentation including 911 audio, police radio and video. The panel said in a report that dispatchers alerted officers during the first 911 call, and they began arriving on the scene in less than three minutes. Officers entered the locked school nearly six minutes later, after determining someone seen outside wasn’t another shooter.
Firefighters pact calls for drug testing
WATERBURY — Waterbury officials and the union representing firefighters have agreed to a new three-year contract that includes pay raises and random drug testing.
The Republican-American reports that the proposed contract calls for pay raises totaling 6.5 percent over three years, costing the city about $1.6 million.
The contract would require random drug testing similar to what’s in place for police. Mayor Neil M. O’Leary says the Police Department fired two people for drug use in the past nine years.
Darien takes new look at 1978 killing
DARIEN — Darien police are re-examining a 35-year-old homicide, relying on advances in DNA testing.
Greg Sjolander, a Montreal hairdresser and parolee, was found dead behind an abandoned building in December 1978. The last confirmed sighting of Sjolander was in November 1978 when he was seen in Stamford.
The News-Times reports that police say the case was last examined in the early 1980s. Police say evidence from the Sjolander homicide was processed by the FBI forensic lab in 1979.