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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.