Ithaca Police Department

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.


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.


Dennis R. Nayor
Chief of Police