Ithaca Police Department

Mission Statement

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. We strive to preserve peace and to provide a safe environment for all of our residents and visitors.


All Ithaca Police Department 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 of Ithaca.

Community Involvement

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.
                                                          Media Release

March 7, 2016

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 April 6th, 2016 through May 25th, 2016. 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. The Citizens Police Academy 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. Other area Law Enforcement Agencies will be assisting the IPD to provide an educational experience for the students. Some topics that will be included are: SWAT and Critical Incident Negotiations Team operations, K9 Team, interactive reality-based scenarios, bicycle patrols, traffic enforcement, officer safety and defensive tactics, police and patrol operations, and narcotics identification. Most of the Citizens Police Academy classes will be held at the Ithaca Police Department. 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, and graduates will be issued a graduation certificate. Acceptance into the program is subject to a check of the applicant’s background and references.

Applications are due by 3:00 pm Friday, March 25, 2016. Applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the Ithaca Police Department, 120 East Clinton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Applications as well as additional information on the IPD Citizens Police Academy can be found at: