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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Common Council to Receive Reimagining Public Safety Working Group Report on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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Common Council to Receive Reimagining Public Safety Working Group Report on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

(Ithaca, N.Y., February 28) -- The City of Ithaca’s Reimagining Public Safety Working Group will deliver a report detailing suggestions for implementing the City’s new public safety agency to Common Council during the regular meeting Wednesday, March 2 at 6pm. The report follows the resolution unanimously passed in March of 2021 adopting the initial Reimagining Public Safety report and calling for a working group to produce implementation recommendations for Common Council to vote upon. 

Members of the public are invited to view the presentation of the report at the March 2 Common Council meeting on the City’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7RtJN1P_RFaFW2IVCnTrDg

The Working Group’s report will be published prior to the March 2 Common Council meeting and made available on the www.publicsafetyreimagined.org website for community feedback. Several printed copies will also be made available around the community, and feedback will also be open through the weekly ad placed in the free Tompkins Weekly Newspaper.  

The report will detail suggestions in the areas of:  

  • Naming a new umbrella city agency for public safety 
  • Organizational structure and leadership of the new agency 
  • Key responsibilities of units within the new agency 
  • Call delineation between armed and unarmed responses 
  • Staffing, beat design, and shift assignments 
  • Training for the new agency 
  • Equipment and technology needs 
  • Research and data needs 

This report is the result of a 7-month process driven by a working group made up of various city stakeholders and technical experts. Project management for the Working Group process was supported by the Center for Policing Equity. 

There are no action items being considered during the March 2 Common Council meeting, any resolutions related to adopting the report or implementation of suggestions would follow in future Common Council meetings.  

The City has previously published several FAQs addressing community questions:

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