Ithaca Police ask city for two more officers

Ithaca Police ask city for two more officers

From left, Ithaca Police Chief John Barber; Ithaca Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson; Deputy Chief Peter Tyler. Photo: WHCU/Peter Blanchard

Ithaca Police are asking city lawmakers to allocate funding for two more officers to add to their force.

IPD officials appeared before city council Wednesday to state their case. Their request comes ahead of 2015 budget negotiations.

Police Chief John Barber said some of their officers are “burned out.”

“Right now you have a police department that’s primarily reactive due to the cuts in staffing,” Barber said. “With the addition of two officers, I can put them out on a community action team, and they can be out there for proactive enforcement.”

Barber says the department will hire 3 more officers next month. They’re asking the city to set aside funding to hire two more.

Barber also announced Wednesday that they plan to open up a district office in the city’s West End by January of 2015.

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