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ITHACA, N.Y. — Chief of Police John R. Barber is pleased to announce that on Saturday July 11 from 9 a.m. to noon the Ithaca Police Department will host the first ever “Open House.”

All of the doors of the Ithaca Police Department will be opened up to the public and the event will occur, rain or shine. At the Open House folks can learn about K9 Bert and his handler Officer Kimmich, the Citizens Police Academy, the IPD Explorers Program, and the Mountain Bike patrol unit.

A recruitment table will be set up to provide information on the upcoming police officer civil service exam which will be held in November.

The mobile command vehicle will be on display, and visitors can take a guided tour of the entire police department.

Light refreshments will be available. Community members are encouraged to attend and ask questions that enable them to better understand what the Ithaca Police Department does to maintain Ithaca as a safe place in which to live, learn, and grow.

Regarding the Open House Chief Barber stated:

“To my knowledge, this has never been done before in the history of the Ithaca Police Department. An event like this is long overdue and is part of our overall community policing outreach efforts. Our “Open House” will enable visitors to see firsthand the people and resources that help to keep our community safe. My staff and I look forward to meeting with visitors and I look forward to having the community meet the people behind the badges. We’ve got great police officers doing great things in this community. It’s going to be a wonderful event.”

City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick stated:

“Our community needs a police department that is as transparent and responsive as practical. Folks deserve to know what the police department is doing and how they’re doing it. Chief Barber and I recognize that, and from that notion this Open House was born. To my knowledge IPD has never hosted an open house where they welcome the public into the inner workings of their department. My goal is to enhance the services that IPD provides to this great community and to enable the community to see firsthand what their police department is doing and how they’re doing it.”

The Ithaca Police Department is located at 120 East Clinton Street.

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