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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.  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 #1 most secure city in the United States with a population under 150,000, as well as having been ranked #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 and the City of Ithaca website 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. 


Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Crime Stoppers Tipline: 607-697-0333
Narcotics Tipline 607-330-0000
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Deputy Police Chief John Barber

Chief of Police

John R. Barber

Deputy Police Chief Peter Tyler

Senior Deputy Chief of Police

Pete Tyler





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On May 7, 2014 Ithaca Police Department Lieutenant Chris Townsend was promoted to Deputy Chief of Professional Standards in a ceremony in the Training Room of the Ithaca Police Department.  Please join Chief Barber, Mayor Myrick, and the IPD family in congratulating Deputy Chief Townsend.  Photographs of the ceremony can be found on the Ithaca Police Department Facebook page at:



Ithaca Police Department is Currently Seeking Lateral

Transfer Applications for the Position of Police Officer


The Ithaca Police department is seeking highly qualified lateral transfer applicants to fill immediate openings.  We are a department that prides itself on providing our officers with the best training possible and the best equipment available.  We are focused on working together with the community to reduce crime and to help maintain Ithaca a safe place to live, work, and visit.  



  • Applicants must meet the established Ithaca Police Department and City of Ithaca Civil Service requirements.
  • Applicants must be currently employed with a police agency in the title of Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff and off of probationary period.
  • Applicants must be certified by New York State DCJS as a Police Officer.
  • Applicants must have been appointed to their current position as a police officer / deputy sheriff from a New York State Civil Service Agency list;
  • Applicants must have and maintain a valid NYS Drivers License.
  • Applicants must successfully complete a thorough background investigation including a polygraph examination and a psychological examination.


  • Starting pay for the position is $44,891 (2011 rate)
  • Base pay after 3 years is $70,222 (2011 rate)
  • Attractive health benefits including vision, dental, and optical
  • Generous vacation and compensatory leave


We have immediate openings and are seeking highly qualified applicants interested in joining our team.  For more information about employment with the Ithaca Police Department please contact Lieutenant Scott Garin, the Chairman of our Recruiting Team, at (607) 272-9973.  You can learn more about the Ithaca Police Department by visiting the following links:




Media Release


Prepared by: Officer Jamie Williamson

Date Prepared: February 20, 2014
Type of Incident: Ithaca Police Department K9 Team


Chief of Police John R. Barber is pleased to announce that IPD will re-establish a K-9 Program. Recently, several IPD officers participated in a rigorous testing program as part of the selection process. Chief Barber has selected Officer Pat Kimmich as the IPD K-9 Team Officer.


In March of 2014 the IPD will choose a K-9 dog for the program and in the coming months Officer Kimmich and his K-9 will attend an intensive eight week patrol training certification program in the Syracuse area. Officer Kimmich and his K-9 will learn basic dog obedience, tracking, suspect apprehension, and a variety of other related topics. They will also attend a 4-week school later in the year to become certified in explosive detection.


Members of the Ithaca community can expect to see the K-9 Team at festivals, sporting events, community relations events, and activities that draw large crowds. While on patrol, the K9 Team will be utilized in building searches, suspect apprehension, explosive detection, and searches for missing persons. Chief Barber noted that the K-9 Team will undoubtedly help to improve police-community relations. He stated “I’m excited about having Officer Kimmich involved in this program and welcome the public to stop and say hello when they see our K-9 Team at public events. This is another avenue that will help build stronger police-community relations.” The initial start-up costs for the program are funded through a Homeland Security grant and private donations.


Ithaca Police Department Cash Reward

The Ithaca Police Department is offering a CASH REWARD of $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the acts of vandalism on/about November 19th, 2013 on the south side of Ithaca.  Please contact the Ithaca Police Department immediately if you can help solve these crimes.

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245                                   

Police Administration: 607-272-9973

Crime Stoppers Tipline: 607-697-0333   

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