While law enforcement officials have released few details of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to Connecticut residents, state police and Newtown officers have increased their trips across the country, in some cases sharing graphic details of what they saw inside the school.
In March, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other politicians criticized state police for releasing details of the investigation at out-of-state conferences. A police report has been delayed for months, and state law enforcement officials have attempted to push through legislation intended to keep secret some details of the shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
Since then, state and Newtown police have spoken at or are scheduled to speak at forums from Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. to Maine:
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•The head of the crime squad leading the investigation, along with an FBI profiler, will speak in California in August.
•State police will speak about Newtown at child advocacy conference in Dallas in August.
•State police, including Lt. Paul Vance, the department spokesman, will discuss Newtown in Billings, Mont., in October.
•Since April, Newtown officers have spoken at conferences in Maine, Michigan and Nashville, Tenn., among others.
•Two weeks ago, a Newtown officer described entering Sandy Hook school and encountering a horrific scene when he spoke at a conference in Orlando, Fla., according to a Florida newspaper report of the conference and another article online.
In March, Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who will issue the final investigative report on the shooting, ordered police to stop discussing details of the investigation at conferences. The ban was instituted after the New York Daily News reported that state police Col. Danny Stebbins told New Orleans conference attendees that shooter Adam Lanza had created a spreadsheet of mass killings going back 30 years.
"To prevent such disclosure in the future, I have instructed that any and all such presentations involving evidence in the criminal investigation be ceased while the investigation is pending and my report is still outstanding," Sedensky said at the time.
Sedensky said this week that state police have showed him their conference presentations in advance and that he has no issue with them speaking across the country.
"They are not talking about the investigation," he said. "They will be talking about logistics and victim control, which is different than talking about details of the investigation.''
Malloy issued a written statement Friday that also indicated state police are not sharing details of the investigation.
"All they are doing is sharing some of the procedural lessons that were learned that terrible day," Malloy's statement said. "Everyone is well aware that, in some ways, the world is waiting for the completion of this investigation. We believe that getting it done must be a priority for everyone involved."
Vance said state police officials discuss procedures, techniques and lessons learned from the Newtown shootings.
"There is absolutely no way that any of the state police investigators would violate the trust of the victim's families or the orders of the state's attorney," Vance said.
Authorities first said the investigative report into the shootings could be completed by the end of June. Last month, state police said it might not be ready until September. Sources familiar with the investigation said this week that it probably will be later than that before the report is released.
Before then, Lt. David Delvecchia and Lt. William Baldwin will speak at the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals' annual conference at Disneyland in Anaheim. They will be joined by FBI profiler Andre Simon, who sources said has been working with state police to build a profile of Adam Lanza.
Their appearance is being hyped as one of the key events of the three-day conference. Their topic is "Active Shooters: Lessons from Sandy Hook and Beyond." The synopsis promises that they will offer a "review of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School to help law enforcement and schools prepare for catastrophic acts of violence."
Delvecchia is the commanding officer of Connecticut's Western District Crime Squad, which is preparing the report on the school shooting investigation. Baldwin is the head of the Central District Crime Squad, which processed Lanza's car and the outside of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.