Ithaca Police Department

The Ithaca Police Department is a full service agency that patrols the approximate 10 square miles that make up the City of Ithaca. The Department currently consists of sworn police officers ranging from patrol officers, criminal investigations, special investigations, and specialty units such as bike patrol, a traffic unit, SWAT team, and a unit that patrols the downtown Ithaca Commons.
Working to Keep Our Community Safe
A strong emphasis is placed on community policing, and we value the partnerships we have established with other law enforcement agencies, service organizations, businesses, and our local residents. We're proud of the fact that Ithaca was ranked as the the number 1 most secure city in the United States with a population under 150,000, as well as having been ranked number 3 for lowest metropolitan crime rate in the country.
We ask you to join us in our mission to keep Ithaca a safe and healthy community.

Please visit the IPD Facebook page for more information on the vital role that the Ithaca Police Department serves in helping to keep Ithaca a beautiful and vibrant place to live, work, and visit.

The Chief of Police, and police officers possess the powers and authority provided in the Criminal Procedure Law and all other applicable statutes of New York State. They also perform duties prescribed by the City of Ithaca Charter for the preservation of public peace, the care of city property, and the enforcement of the police regulations and municipal ordinances of the city. The chief has the authority to designate persons employed by the Police Department other than police officers who will have the authority to regulate traffic.

The mission of the Ithaca Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. To enforce the law, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment for all of our citizens.



Prepared by: Officer Jamie Williamson

Date Prepared:  January 20, 2015

Type of Incident: Public Service Announcement

Citizens Police Academy

Ithaca Police Department Chief of Police John R. Barber is pleased to announce that the Ithaca Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Police Academy from February 25th through April 15th, 2015.  The Citizen Police Academy will meet every Wednesday during that timeframe from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  The goal of the eight week long IPD Citizens Police Academy is to create a better understanding of the daily activities of police officers who serve in the Ithaca community, to strengthen the relationships with the community and the officers, and to enhance the police services that are provided to the Ithaca community.  These goals will ultimately help police officers to create a safer community in which to live, work, and grow. 


The course is a combination of lecture and interactive activities which will give a firsthand look at the department’s functions, resources, and programs.  Along with the IPD instructors, the Cornell University Police Department and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office will also be providing instructors to the police academy, along with invaluable support.


The Citizens Police Academy will be held at the Ithaca Police Department, 120 East Clinton Street, except where noted.  Acceptance into the program is subject to a check of the applicant’s background and references.  The program will be limited to 20 attendees and preference will be given to those who live or work in Tompkins County.  Participation in the program is FREE.  Graduates will be issued a graduation certificate and class photograph.


Course topics will include:  SWAT and Critical Incident Negotiations Team operations, K9 Team, crime scene investigations and evidence processing, interactive reality-based scenarios, bicycle patrols, traffic enforcement and traffic stops, officer safety and defensive tactics, police and patrol operations, and narcotics identification.


Applications are due by 3:00 pm Friday, February 6, 2015. 

Applications for the IPD Citizens Police Academy can be found at:
 Citizens Police Academy Application Packet