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Town waives reimbursement for Sandy Hook response

Updated 4:41 pm, Thursday, February 6, 2014

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  • A bus drives past a sign reading Welcome to Sandy Hook, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Newtown, Conn. The 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings released Wednesday show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as the boom of gunfire could be heard at times in the background. The recordings are released under court order after a legal challenge from The Associated Press. Photo: Jessica Hill, AP Photo/Jessica Hill / Associated Press
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    A bus drives past a sign reading Welcome to Sandy Hook, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Newtown, Conn. The 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings released Wednesday show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as the boom of gunfire could be heard at times in the background. The recordings are released under court order after a legal challenge from The Associated Press. Photo: Jessica Hill, AP Photo/Jessica Hill

 

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The Town of New Canaan has waived the reimbursement of costs incurred from helping respond to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December 2012.

The town chose to place the $7,623 for which it was eligible in a collective pool of funds to be used for training personnel in emergency response to violent offenders.

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said the town's involvement in the response was "pretty consistent." He said New Canaan sent officers to Newtown every day from Dec. 14, the day of the shooting, through Dec. 25.

Krolikowski said a number of officers were deployed to the school to assist in several duties in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Some of those officers chose to volunteer, he noted.

In August, the U.S. Department of Justice allocated a $2.5 million federal grant for all Connecticut law enforcement agencies involved in the Newtown shooting response.

The New Canaan Town Council voted Jan. 29 to waive the funds. The other choice, as decided by the state's Office of Policy and Management, was to seek reimbursement.

The Town of Darien, which was eligible for about $17,000, chose to be reimbursed.

Krolikowski said the state-run training program is still being shaped and more details would be available soon.

The massacre in Sandy Hook left 20 children and seven adults dead, including the shooter.

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