Oct 25, 2013
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Delays in Sandy Hook Police Report Frustrating, Scott Jackson Says

Delays in Sandy Hook Police Report Frustrating, Scott Jackson Says

Hamden mayor Scott Jackson

Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson said Thursday that leading the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has been “really difficult” because of delays in getting a final report from state police on what happened Dec. 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 26.

Jackson noted that the timetable for the report’s release has been pushed back multiple times.

“First it was March, then it was fall, then it was October, and we’re coming to the end of October,” Jackson said in a meeting with the Register’s editorial board.

“It’s been herding cats,” he said. As a result, “I’m a little concerned about the timeliness of how we’re going to conclude our work.”

The commission’s charge is “to review current policy and make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention.”

Jackson said progress has been stymied without the state police report.

“We can suppose some things, and we have supposed some things, but how do we really know what we’re talking about until we have the report?” he said.

Jackson said the commission has ben suspended because the commission has done as much work as it could do until the report is released.

“We’re looking to go off in different directions, and we’re not sure if those directions are right,” Jackson said. He added the commission is staffed by committed individuals, many with backgrounds in mental health, and is confident in its mission.

State police Master Sgt. Donna Tadiello said the release of the Sandy Hook report is awaiting approval from the state’s attorney’s office. Exactly when it will be released is unknown.

And that concerns Jackson, because he doesn’t want what happened at Sandy Hook to fade from memory.

To illustrate why, Jackson brought up the case of the Beltway Sniper, saying the shooter’s name (John Allen Muhammad) was one he never thought he would forget but realized he had forgotten. He doesn’t want that to happen with the 20 children and six adults who were killed in Sandy Hook. Lanza also took the life of his mother, Nancy Lanza, and his own.

Jackson listed three areas in which the state can learn and implement action from what happened at Sandy Hook: the physical security of schools; determining where the line should be in access to firearms and mental health service delivery.

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Delays in Sandy Hook Police Report Frustrating, Scott Jackson Says

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