CHIEF TYLER: IPD working to make Ithaca safe in wake of violence

Acting Police Chief Pete Tyler has reacted to a string of violent crimes in the City of Ithaca over the last few weeks.

This past weekend two robberies took place, and on April 9th a 30-year-old man was shot.

The shooting took place in the Ithaca Commons, which rocked Ithaca to it’s core. On April 16th, a woman reported that her wallet had been forcibly stolen by an unknown assailant.

On Sunday, IPD officers responded to the report of a strong-arm robbery of an elderly woman that occurred on South Geneva Street just after noon on Easter Day. She was returning from a church service.

“As Acting Chief of Police, I recognize the number one goal of the IPD is to maintain Ithaca as a safe place to live, work, and visit. I know that often, feeling safe rivals the importance of being safe,” Tyler explained. “I extend my wishes for a speedy recovery to the victims of these senseless crimes as they heal and move forward with their lives.”

Acting Chief Tyler says that he will be ‘reorganizing’ his personnel to better address safety concerns that residents have throughout the community.

“It is my intention to have folks visiting down town to see more uniformed police officers, including more officers on bike patrol,” he added. “I have also asked our criminal investigators, who typically wear non-police clothing, to also be part of the solution and increase their presence in the downtown area.”

He asks anyone with information relative to the two incidents that are still under investigation to contact the Ithaca Police Department.

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