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Bedford PD to make 'Appropriate Adjustments' Following Conn. Shooting

Bedford Police Chief says department is 'reassessing its patrol posture.'

Count Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski among the majority of those, local and abroad, left speechless following the events that took the lives of 27 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school yesterday.

"The tragedy in Newtown is beyond comprehension and the thoughts and prayers of all the women and men of the Bedford PD are with the victims, their loved ones, families and friends as well as all the first responders who had to handle this horrific event and will continue to do so until the case is closed," said Bryfonski.

In the wake of the tragedy, Bedford Police will be reviewing its current procedures and patrols to ensure the best practices are in place to protect Bedford children.

"The Bedford Police Department is reassessing its patrol posture in light of this tragedy and will make appropriate adjustments to assure our schools are safe and secure," he said.

Jonathan Zdziarski December 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM
They are now saying the only reason more children were not killed was because the school was breached by first responders so soon - about 8 minutes. Given recent events with home invasions, I have two looming questions I think the town needs to know: 1. With current personnel and protocol, what is our projected time from alarm to entry for our schools? 2. If somehow the town council has had a wake-up call, what will five more officers being added to the town budget do for this entry time?
Dennis Taylor December 17, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I commented earlier that I think it would be safer for the teachers and students if volunteer teachers of at least 5 years standing, having had a background check done and given proper firearm training, were armed with holstered sidearms with at least rubber bullets. Otherwise, the students and teachers must hunker down in a classroom and hope for the best, if they somehow cannot escape. An improved response time will still leave time for a killer to make a few victims. However, knowing that there may be armed teachers around any corner might give pause to some assailants.
Jonathan Zdziarski December 17, 2012 at 09:31 PM
That's completely asinine, Dennis. I don't want some teacher making decisions about tactical moves which may or may not end well for my child. Leave that to the trained and sworn professionals. We need full-time school resource officers. If a criminal knows that we have an armed officer on staff, they will be much less likely to try and rush a school. Again. Your views are outrageous and are making us normal responsible gun owners look like vigilante idiots.
Steve From NH December 17, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Hold on a minute - aren't you the one that went "nuts" because the kids at Bedford High School were reading a book that insinuated Jesus was a socialist and WalMart treated it's workers unfairly? So words that you disagree with are cause for a ban on books, but your answer to 20 kids and 6 adults being killed by an assault rifle is "well, then we should arm the teachers too"? IB teachers exposing kids to foreign culture is a crisis, and we should not be spending money on "subversive materials", but god forbid we try to keep anyone from getting the guns they want so we should arm the educators and spend money on paramilitary guards at each school? Unfortunately, Mr. Taylor is joined in Bizzaro-World by too many people who make up the laws that create the atmosphere in which a gun is so easy to get, and funded by the NRA, who is calling the shots. This is one screwed up culture.
Dennis Taylor December 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Steve, are you intentionally slandering me by calling me "nuts?" I take offense at the suggestion that a single citizen should not seek to change his or her community. I used w-o-r-d-s to argue my case against those books, not guns. I am suggesting the arming of teachers who have been vetted more carefully than our commander in chief with side-arms and rubber bullets. Most schools have only one officer on duty, armed with a side-arm, not an assault rifle. As far as tactical moves, in my scenario, there is at least one armed person between the attacker and your child. What is guaranteed to be available in your child's classroom in your scenario? An out-gunned professional in some other part of the building? I cannot see any sort of vigilante action in my idea as the teacher would be trained by our law enforcement officers. But Steve, please disarm yourself and put your name and address on the internet for all to see. Personally, I like the idea that my home may or may not be defended by lethal force at any given time. My fellow gun-owners have made sure to send that message.
Jonathan Zdziarski December 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Please do not assume you speak for us "fellow gun owners", Dennis. You don't, and I suspect most gun owners wouldn't want to be associated with you as a "fellow gun owner" of yours. You're making everyone normal look bad.
Dennis Taylor December 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Dear Jonathon: I never said that I spoke for other gun owners. However, I did say that, as a potential victim of a robbery in my home, I benefit from the existence of guns in other people's houses--as a deterrent to breaking into my house. Whether I possess a gun or not is my business, but I appreciate the Second Amendment and the protections that we all enjoy when licensed owners possess guns in their home.
Steve From NH December 18, 2012 at 09:56 PM
are you intentionally slandering me by calling me "nuts?" Nope. I said you "went nuts" because a book said that Jesus was a socialist, and WalMart treated it's workers badly. How do you feel about the easy availability of assault weapons? Do you have any better option than "arm the teachers too"? I am very surprised at your lack of indignation that a weapon and ammunition capable of such carnage is so readily available - when you and those who stood with you sure made quite a scene over words in a book. Maybe your real message is explained by your actions?
Dennis Taylor December 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Steve: You were welcome to testify at the school board meetings. Did you do so? Do you have any personal limits as to what teachers can teach in Bedford? If so, will you ever bother to notice or respond when the teachers pass those limits? I did and I responded. Thank you for continuing to connect me with that success. As far as the assault guns go, I would like to see a return to the ban on certain clips. Moreover, I would like to see rigorous pschological testing done on all who use or control the use of weapons in our country--including our military leaders, Congress, and president. If I were to write about gun control in the style of Barbara Ehrenreich, I might say the following: "mohammed, a known pedophile, would likely not have supported gun control as he sought to spread his religion by forceful means." If making such an accurate aside (about the pedophilia) is insulting in this public context of free participation, how much more insulting would it be to make an incorrect statement about Jesus in a setting where the teacher providing the statement is paid by the public and the students are forced to be in the class? If we are living in a tolerant society, we must extend tolerance to all faiths. The truth about each is fair game, but does not need to be shared in an intentionally offensive way, unless such facts, for example, like the pedophilia of mohammed, cannot be taught without offending listeners.

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