With safety concerns looming large after the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Board of Selectmen Monday took the first step toward the establishment of a Wilton Security Task Force. \u201cThe horrific Newtown tragedy in our neighboring community has shocked the entire nation,\u201d said First Selectman Bill Brennan at the selectmen\u2019s regular meeting. \u201cIt is not unreasonable to assume that if a mass murder can happen in Newtown, it could happen anywhere.\u201d Mr. Brennan said the security of \u201cour schoolchildren, teachers, administrators, and town employees is a prime responsibility of every town and school official.\u201d The task force will be composed of town, police and school officials, Mr. Brennan said. Also, \u201ccitizen volunteers with public safety and security experience and a mental health representative would be valuable task force members,\u201d he said. Residents with this kind of expertise are encouraged to volunteer for the task force. The selectmen unanimously approved the proposal for the task force, and the plan will be further delineated and defined at their next meeting. Second Selectman Hal Clark will serve as the board\u2019s liaison on the task force and Mr. Brennan will be an ex-officio member. Mr. Brennan said the mission of the task force will be to \u201cfurther enhance the safety and security of Wilton\u2019s public and non-public school children, and, more simply stated, to recommend measures to keep our schoolchildren, staff and town employees safe.\u201d Another objective of the task force will be \u201cto provide careful analysis of new security technology,\u201d Mr. Brennan said. \u201cWe can expect a major initiative to develop in the security products market in response to the Newtown tragedy.\u201d Several meetings of \u201ctown, police and school officials to review current security procedures and safety protocols\u201d have taken place in the wake of the tragedy, Mr. Brennan said. Police Chief Michael Lombardo said town police and school officials have been \u201cvery proactive\u201d for a long time in practicing and preparing for \u201csituational emergencies.\u201d Safety goals are better served by leaving some of the protocols \u201cnot for public consumption,\u201d he said. In supporting the new task force, Chief Lombardo said, \u201cAn effective, preventative anti-school violence program requires communitywide collaborative partnerships.\u201d Chief Lombardo said he has been working in concert with neighboring police chiefs on the issue, and expects the state to name a \u201cblue-ribbon commission\u201d to address school violence in the aftermath of Newtown. More comments from Chief Lombardo on school security appear in an op-ed column on page 5A. Dr. Gary Richards, superintendent of schools, has also been attending meetings with southern Fairfield County school superintendents to develop new strategies to improve school security. Mr. Brennan said a new security alert has been posted on the town\u2019s website, which says, \u201cSecurity is everyone\u2019s responsibility. If you see something, say something,\u201d and lists the Wilton anonymous tip line, 203-563-0256. The Wilton Police Department number, 203-834-6260, is also posted. Information: wiltonct.org\/index.asp.