The Ithaca Police Department created a Recruitment Team that looks for highly talented people to become members of its department. The Department consists of sworn officers that work in multiple divisions ranging from patrol to investigations. There is a wide range of growth potential and advancement including supervisory promotion and specialty units such as bike patrol, SWAT, traffic unit, and a Commons unit. Advancements in training and equipment have made the Ithaca Police Department more prepared than ever to police the unique Ithaca area.

Police officer positions are filled either by appointment from a civil service eligible list or by transfer from a municipal police agency in New York State (exclusive of New York City).

The police officer exam is generally offered every 2-3 years. Please check the City of Ithaca Human Resources Department website periodically for current information as to when the next scheduled police officer exam will be held.

Police officers who are currently employed on a permanent basis in a municipal police agency in New York State, exclusive of New York City, may apply for a transfer to the Ithaca Police Department by submitting a cover letter and City of Ithaca employment application form (available on the City of Ithaca Human Resources website) to:
City of Ithaca Human Resources Department
108 East Green Street
Ithaca NY 14850.


  • Competitive salary (as of 2011:   $44,891 - $70,222)
  • 25 year NYS police and fire retirement
  • Health benefits (vision, dental, disability options)
  • Vacation and paid holiday time
Additional questions regarding employment as a police officer may be directed to the City of Ithaca Human Resources Department at 607-274-6539.

Application Pick-Up

Application forms can be obtained at the following locations:
  • City of Ithaca Human Resources
    108 East Green Street


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The Chief of Police, and 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. The chief has the authority to designate persons employed by the Police Department other than police officers who will have the authority to regulate traffic.


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. To enforce the law, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment for all of our citizens.