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Newtown Police bike patrol resumes
The Newtown police department’s bicycle patrol has resumed operations for the summer.  Newtown Middle School SRO Officer William Chapman will replace Officer Leonard Penna, who was a school resource officer but has returned to routine patrol work.  The Newton Bee reports that the 35-year old Chapman enjoys recreational cycling on his personal bicycle and recently attended police cycling school.  The 40-hour training included how to safely ride up and down flights of stairs and to make a quick dismount.  The Bee reports that Chapman will spend much of his patrol time at  Fairfield Hills, Dickinson Park, Treadwell Park and outdoor public events such as day camps.  Chapman previously conducted bicycle safety classes at Sandy Hook and Middle Gate schools.


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