The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: An Emergency Response Retrospective
On 12/14/12 the Newtown Police Department responded to one of the worst school shootings in history. A lone gunman shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and within minutes killed six teachers and twenty children. As a first responder to the scene and as a leader within the Newtown Police Department, Captain Vanghele will share his experiences from that day and in the weeks and months that followed. From a retrospective and lessons learned viewpoint, he will discuss the emergency response and the investigation as well as the aftermath of the event. Captain Vanghele will discuss the various aspects regarding this tragic incident to include; the overwhelming outpouring of assistance, the mental health effects of trauma, community resiliency, law enforcement training issues, school security, active shooter response, and charting a course for the “new normal”.
Captain Christopher Vanghele has been a Newtown Police Officer since June of 1993. He has held numerous assignments and ranks within the Department including; patrol officer, Statewide Narcotics Task Force Officer, School Resource Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant and Patrol Lieutenant. During his tenure he was a founding member of the Connecticut School Resource Officer’s Association, served as the Department’s grant writer, coordinated the Citizen Police Academy and chaired the Department’s Awards and Decorations Committee. Captain Vanghele responded to the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 and led the initial entry team. He then acted as the on-scene incident commander for the Newtown Police Department.
Captain Vanghele is the recipient of his Department’s Bravery Award, Merit Award, Chief’s Service Award, Commissioner’s Service Award, and Education Award. He has numerous MADD awards for his proactive drunk driving enforcement efforts. He is the recipient of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families “Community Partner Award”, and he has received the 2013 “First 100 Plus” award for his leadership and commitment to improving the lives of domestic violence victims in Connecticut. He has most recently been awarded the Courage of Connecticut Award for his actions during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
OSROA is thrilled to welcome Captain Vanghele to our 2017 School Safety Conference at Salishan Resort. For more information visit our conference page.