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Posted on: March 16, 2022

City of Ithaca Invites Community Input on Reimagining Public Safety Report

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City of Ithaca Invites Community Input on Reimagining Public Safety Report, Announces Community Town Halls

The City of Ithaca is encouraging the community to review the Reimagining Public Safety Report suggesting the new Department of Community Safety and to provide feedback and input on the suggestions made in the report. A community town hall (register here) is planned for March 22 at 6pm where Acting Mayor Laura Lewis and Reimagining Public Safety Working Group Co-Leads Eric Rosario and Karen Yearwood will highlight the suggestions made in the report and invite questions and feedback from the community.

Suggestions made in the report have also been published on the www.publicsafetyreimagined.org website, which invites comments on suggestions. Follow the links below to view the suggestions and make comment or provide feedback: 

A community town hall will be held virtually on March 22 at 6pm. Members of the community are invited to tune in and share their feedback or questions with Working Group Co-Leads Eric Rosario and Karen Yearwood. You can register in advance via Zoom and/or view the event live or archived on the City’s YouTube channel

Southside Community Center will also hold a Black Town Hall on the report and its suggestions on March 31 from 5-7pm. The public is invited to view the event live or archived on the City’s YouTube channel

Additional input and feedback are being sought in other community spaces. Working group members have presented details on the report to several organizations including the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County and the Community Leaders of Color group. If you have a community group interested in more information on the report and opportunities to provide input, please contact questions@publicsafetyreimagined.org.  

Acting City of Ithaca Mayor and member of the Reimagining Public Safety Working Group Laura Lewis stated, “We need your thoughts and feedback on this report. The suggestions made to develop and support a new Department of Community Safety are very transformative for our community and represent a different way of doing things. If these suggestions come to pass, we’ll have several types of calls for service that will be responded to by an unarmed official, and the training we’ve proposed will be totally revamped focused on de-escalation, mental health, and alternatives to use of force.” Lewis continued, “I really do urge the community to use the website and show up to these forums, Common Council is listening closely to what our city residents have to say about these suggestions – as we’re actively considering what the appropriate next steps are.”  

The City of Ithaca’s report represents one of the nearly 20 plans under Reimagining Public Safety. Additional plans are in progress and more information can be found on www.publicsafetyreimagined.org.  

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