DAYTON – An internal investigation of the State Police in Dayton is underway after troopers failed to respond promptly to a call from a day care.
We failed. That’s what state police told us and the day care owner this morning. They say the response time wasn’t reasonable. Now they want to figure out why it this happened.
Last Friday at Little Hands Big Hearts Day Care in Dayton. Staff members called 911 saying an intruder wasn’t inside anymore but they didn’t know here he went.
It took 2 and a half hours for a trooper to show up. Officials say it’s. Not a man power issue. They had resources, could’ve called for back up if necessary and it just didn’t happen. Officials say at the time one trooper in the area pulled someone over and it turned into a drug arrest. Another was training at a gun range.
State police cover Dayton under an agreement with the York County sheriffs department. Now 3 troopers from outside of this barracks will investigate the situation.
Today police say they’re sorry. The owner says she she appreciates that and she’s just glad it wasn’t any worse.
Julie Dolbec Owner, Little Hands Big Hearts “There was children involved, women involved….could’ve still been there.”
Col. Robert Williams Maine State Police “I want to apologize. I understand why they feel the way they feel. As a parent i would feel the same way.”
State Police say they hope to learn from this. As of now no one’s been punished and as for the burglary investigation they’re still trying to find who did it.