Newtown gets state Outstanding Police Department award
"We were really surprised to receive the award," said Chief
, who accepted it on behalf of the department. "Our goal is to reduce underage drinking, and we've been doing just that."
The department has been sending a clear message that underage drinking and drug abuse will not be tolerated.
"The department has been working with the Prevention Council , we've been going to schools to talk to students, and we've been working on the enforcement piece of it through grants," Kehoe said.
"The most effective way to reach teens is definitely through other teens," he added. "We've been reaching out to the parents as well, because they may know about certain things but don't talk to their kids."