Ithaca Police Department

Use of Force Policy

Mayor Myrick and Chief Nayor feel that transparency in policing has to be a top priority. That is why they are are proud to publish publicly for the first time the department's new progressive policy governing the "Use of Force."

This policy, developed over months is in line with national experts and informed by President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

The main responsibility of Department officers is to protect the life and property of civilians. In compliance with applicable law, officers shall use only the amount of force necessary and reasonable to accomplish lawful objectives and to control a situation, effect an arrest, overcome resistance to arrest, or defend themselves or others from harm. When force is necessary, the degree of force employed should be in direct relationship to the amount of resistance exerted, or the immediate threat to the officers or others. There is a compelling public interest that officers authorized to exercise the use of force do so in an objectively reasonable manner and in a way that does not violate the civil rights guaranteed by our Constitution and applicable law.

Officers who use excessive or unjustified force degrade the confidence of the community that they serve, undermine the legitimacy of a police officer’s authority, and hinder the Department’s ability to provide effective law enforcement services to the community. Officers who use excessive or unauthorized force shall be subject to discipline, possible criminal prosecution, and/or civil liability. The use of force is only authorized when it is objectively reasonable and for a lawful purpose. Accordingly, the Department will thoroughly review and/or investigate all uses of force by officers to assure compliance with all legal requirements and this policy.

COVID-19 Update

Even though we are currently seeing a reduction in new positive cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, social distancing remains crucial for stopping the spread. If you are looking to file a complaint regarding social distancing or a business, please use this form: https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask or call the New York State hotline at 1-833-789-0470. Complaints will be tracked by the state and shared with our local Environmental Health team for follow up.

Please be aware that calls to 9-1-1 should be for emergencies only. If you have questions about social distancing or filing a complaint you can call our local information line, 2-1-1.

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.

Responsibilities


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.

A Welcome Message from Chief Nayor



On behalf of the City of Ithaca Police Department, I would like to thank you for visiting our Department's website. As a professional and quality-based police agency, our foremost goal is to make the City of Ithaca a safe and enjoyable place for all of our residents, students, and the many people who visit this great city daily. The dedicated officers and support staff of the Ithaca Police Department will continue to utilize the newest technologies and policing strategies, along with traditional community-policing methodologies to make this happen. We hope that you enjoy exploring our website and we invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay current with news and updates. Have a great day, and please contact us at any time if we can be of service to you or your family.

Sincerely,

Dennis R. Nayor
Chief of Police