Newtown Police Force Gets Christmas Day Off
Cops from nearby communities step in
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2012 5:31 AM CST
Newtown Police Officer Maryhelen McCarthy wipes away tears while placing flowers at a makeshift memorial outside of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church on Dec. 16.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – A big gesture of support for police officers in Newtown, Connecticut: Cops have from nearby communities have stepped in to patrol the town today, meaning the entire Newtown police force gets Christmas Day off, reports CNN. "It's a police thing," says a lieutenant from Shelton, Connecticut. Between police work and funerals, Newtown officers have been working pretty much around the clock since the Sandy Hook school rampage on Dec. 14.