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Background

All municipalities with police departments in New York State must adopt a plan for police reform and reinvention by April 1, 2021, per an executive order from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Municipalities must address policing functions, standards, and strategies; fostering community-oriented leadership, culture, and accountability; and recruiting and supporting excellent and diverse personnel.

Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca are working with the Center for Policing Equity, a national organization that partners with police departments on data-driven interventions. Working groups on administration, data analysis, research, communications, and law enforcement have been established. A list of working group members can be found on this document.

Timeline

  • September - October 2020
    • Info sessions on Policing in the City & County
    • Begin to collect and share community feedback
  • November - December 2020
    • Community groups convened for conversations with working group members
  • January 2021
    • Preparation of findings, recommendations, and data by working groups
    • Delivery to legislative (elected) bodies and for public comment by January 31
  • February - March 2021
    • Seek and consider public comment
    • Legislative (elected) bodies consider plans, provide feedback, finalize and adopt

The plan must be adopted by the local legislative body by April 1, 2021. 

Submit Your Input to the Process

In order to develop an equitable and consistent policing and public safety system in Tompkins County, we are seeking your feedback on policing and law enforcement.

  • Fill out this online form
  • Leave a voice mail by calling 607-274-5465
  • Submit a paper input form. Download or pick up at the Tompkins County Public Library
    • Mail Attn: Public Safety Reform
      • 125 E. Court St.
        Ithaca, N.Y. 14850
    • Drop Off:
      • Mayor’s Listening Post (Mailbox)
        108 E. Green St.
        Ithaca, NY 14850

      • Tompkins County Drop Box
        125 E. Court St.
        Ithaca, NY 14850

  • The Tompkins County Public Library is offering hours at computer stations to watch community forums and submit feedback. (Starting Nov 5th)

    • Open at 101 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm, and Saturdays 3pm-6pm

Public Forums and Documents for Review

All upcoming forums and community engagement sessions will be available and archived at this link.

Register for an upcoming Community Voices Public Forum below:
Members of the community are invited to participate by registering for a zoom webinar (linked below) in advance, the moderator will use a timer displayed on the screen and participants will speak one at a time. Officials from Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca will be present and all input shared in public forums will be archived and shared with working groups developing the reimagining public safety plan.

Documents available for public review can be found below:

  • Overview of Tompkins County Departments
  • Presentation from County Administrator Jason Molino
  • Presentation on Policing Practices & Procedures from City of Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor
  • Presentation on Policing Practices & Procedures from Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne

About the Center for Policing Equity: As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in law enforcement. Using evidence-based approaches to social justice, we use data to create levers for social, cultural and policy change. Center for Policing Equity also holds a 501(c)3 status. 


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Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative Updates, Announcing Series of Community Voices Public Forums, Additional Input Opportunities

Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca are announcing a series of community engagement opportunities and seeking the public’s input to help reimagine public safety. The collaborative effort follows an executive order from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring all municipalities with police departments in New York State to adopt a plan for reinvention by April 1, 2021. Members of the Ithaca and Tompkins County community are encouraged to review public forums and presentations shared by City and County officials and provide input.

The County and City will be hosting a series of Community Voices Public Forums for community members to share perspectives and visions for reimagining public safety. Community members are encouraged to provide input based on their recent interactions with law enforcement and thoughts on the role of trust in policing and public safety.

The first Community Voices Forum will be held on Friday, November 6 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, using Zoom’s webinar function for live comment, livestreaming on YouTube. Members of the community are invited to participate by registering for the zoom webinar in advance, the moderator will use a timer displayed on the screen and participants will speak one at a time. Officials from Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca will be present, and all input shared in public forums will be archived and shared with working groups developing the reimagining public safety plan. Forums will occur weekly on Fridays through December 4, 2020 at 4:30pm, with the exception of November 27. An additional forum will be held on Saturday November 14.

Read more here. 


Policing Reform Collaborative – Camden, N.J. Police Reform Case Study with former Attorney General Anne Milgram

A public session will be held with former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram. Attorney General Milgram will share an overview of Camden New Jersey’s police reform process and lessons learned. The public is encouraged to participate in the forum by registering as a webinar attendee to ask questions live, following Milgram’s remarks. You can register to participate here: https://tompkinscountyny-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MjwzM8_9TkCh6Kj9TyTHkQ

The forum will also be streamed live to YouTube and archived at the same link (https://youtu.be/PzcC6ZeR_pg) for future viewing.

Listen to Milgram speak with Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson here: https://cafe.com/stay-tuned/the-camden-policing-model-with-anne-milgram-scott-thomson/

Read a published case study from Camden here: https://lnwprogram.org/sites/default/files/Guardians-Not-Warriors.pdf


Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne Policing Practices & Procedures Public Forum

Thursday October, 22, 2020

As part of Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca’s Policing Reform Collaborative, Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne will host a live-streamed public forum on the County Sheriff Office’s Policing Practices and Procedures at 4:30pm on Thursday, October 22. Sheriff Osborne’s presentation will include details on jurisdiction, budget, trainings, and community engagement.

The forum will be streamed on YouTube. Members of the community are encouraged to participate by sharing questions in the YouTube chat and by filling out this ongoing survey, other opportunities for the public to engage throughout the process will be shared in the coming weeks.

View the Forum


City of Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor Policing Practices & Procedures Public Forum

Tuesday October, 20, 2020

As part of Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca’s Policing Reform Collaborative, City of Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor will host a live-streamed public forum on the City’s Policing Practices and Procedures at 4:30pm on Tuesday, October 20. Chief Nayor’s presentation will include details on jurisdiction, budget, trainings, and community outreach.

The forum will be streamed on YouTube. Members of the community are encouraged to participate by sharing questions in the YouTube chat and by filling out this ongoing survey, other opportunities for the public to engage throughout the process will be shared in the coming weeks.

View the Forum


County Administrator Hosting Public Forum on Police Reform, Seeking Community Input, Update on Collaborative with City of Ithaca

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino will host a public forum on police reform on Thursday, October 15 at 5pm. The forum will be streamed on Tompkins County’s YouTube channel and is part of the collaborative effort to reform policing with the City of Ithaca. 

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Tompkins County and City of Ithaca Announce Public Safety Reform Collaboration

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca are announcing a collaborative approach to public safety reform and reinvention. The collaboration will bring together County and City leadership and their respective public safety departments, including the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Ithaca Police Department. 

Read More


City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick Hosts Reinventing Public Safety Kickoff Meeting

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Mayor Svante L. Myrick is assembling and leading a task force to Reinvent Public Safety in the City of Ithaca.  The task force has a broad mandate: to consult the public and deliver to Common Council a set of recommendations that re-imagines the Ithaca Police Department and all public safety programs.

View the kickoff meeting