The Justice Department will give $2.5 million to Connecticut law enforcement agencies that helped respond to and investigate the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December, Attorney General Eric Holder announced today.
The money will go to the Connecticut State Police, the Newtown Police Department and more than two dozen police departments near Newtown. It will repay the police forces for overtime, forensics and security costs related to the shooting and its aftermath.
“Providing support to the law enforcement agencies that responded to the horrific scene that awaited them at Sandy Hook Elementary School is one small action we can take to bring healing to a community that’s been devastated,” Holder said. “Just over eight months after this senseless tragedy, those who lost their lives, and those who continue to grieve, remain in our thoughts and prayers.”
Twenty-eight people died in the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook, making it the second most deadly mass shooting by a single person in American history. In the wake of the shooting, Holder, President Barack Obama and other government officials pushed for stronger gun control laws, including expanded background checks, but Congress has not passed that legislation.
The town of Monroe, which is 15 minutes away from Sandy Hook, will receive $882,812, the largest chunk of the money. Connecticut State Police will receive $663,444, and Newtown will receive $602,293. Other neighboring towns will receive $296,836 total.
“This critical funding will compensate the Connecticut State Police and Newtown Police Department for their tireless work investigating this crime, as well as more than two dozen police departments from across the state whose officers responded to Newtown within minutes of this horrific act and, for months, helped to provide security and comfort to a courageous community,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly said.