Westport Police Chief Dale Call issued the following message regarding the Newtown school shooting:
The Westport Police Department extends its deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the tragedy which occurred in Newtown this morning. The Westport Police Department has offered to assist the Newtown Police Department in any manner that they might require.
The Superintendent of Schools was in contact with the Westport Police Department this morning and afternoon regarding the events in Newtown as well as to go over the steps being taken within the Westport school system.
Although there was never any indication of a threat to the safety of Westport’s school children resulting from this morning’s incident, the Westport Police Department increased the patrol presence around the town’s schools through the day. In addition, day-shift officers have been held over to maintain a visible presence in those areas throughout school dismissals.
Finally, tonight’s “Dodge-a-Cop” event at Staples High School has been postponed out of respect to the tragic loss of life in Newtown.
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