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
Entire Newtown Police Force Gets Christmas Day Off
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)

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. (More Newtown, Connecticut stories.)

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