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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Community Asked to Submit Names for New Department to Manage Public Safety Functions


Reimagining Public Safety – City of Ithaca Invites Community to Submit Names for New Department to Manage Public Safety Functions

The City of Ithaca is inviting the community to share their ideas for what to name the department that will manage public safety functions. The plan to draft a new name for the department was passed unanimously by City Council in March, 2021 as part of the Reimagining Public Safety Plan. Ideas shared by the community will be considered by the City’s Working Group, which is charged with designing a new agency custom-tailored to provide solutions to the community’s distinct safety and health needs following the passage of the Reimagining Public Safety Plan. Please note that this naming work is not intended to rename the Ithaca Police Department (IPD). Rather, the department being named will include the armed IPD responders, in addition to unarmed and mental health responders.

Ideas for the naming of the department can be submitted through the Collaborative’s website. The website offers anyone the ability to submit an idea, comment and vote on other ideas, and view and receive updates on the process, for those without internet access they are encouraged to use the weekly ad placed in the free Tompkins Weekly newspaper.

City of Ithaca Working group co-lead Eric Rosario stated, “We’re looking for the community’s creativity in naming this department. This is an opportunity to help establish the vision for what services and responses will be delivered by the department and how the community will view the work and services offered.”

Co-lead Karen Yearwood stated, “The name will help set the tone for how people perceive and approach this department. We’re looking for ideas that reflect our commitment to alternative responses and that help build trust between responders and communities, specifically communities of color.” In addition to this plan, the community is invited to visit to share ideas and input on ideas shared by others on other Reimagining Public Safety plans. For a detailed video on how to use the website, create an account, and provide your input visit the ‘How it Works’ page on the website.

For more information please contact: Melody Faraday, City of Ithaca Public Information Specialist, Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County Communications Director,

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