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

(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.

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.
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)
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