Ithaca, N.Y. — Gorge rangers, sheriff’s deputies, Cornell police officers, Ithaca police officers, and gorge stewards will all be patrolling Ithaca’s gorges to prevent “dangerous and illegal behavior” this summer, Officer Jamie Williamson said Tuesday.

In particular, officers will be on the lookout for: 1) Underage drinking, 2) Prohibited camping, 3) Trespassing, 4) Open containers of alcohol, 5) Public urination, 6) Littering, 7) Prohibited swimming, 8) Open burning.

Officer Williamson said:

Officers from the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell University Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, will be teaming up for Targeted Police Patrol Details in the area gorges and natural areas over the upcoming summer months.

Officers will be working with both City of Ithaca Gorge Rangers and the Cornell University Gorge Stewards to address dangerous and illegal behavior in these areas.

Gorge Rangers and Gorge Stewards will actively patrol during the summer months and will directly communicate with police for violations they observe; however the police officers working these targeted patrols will deploy a “zero tolerance” approach.

Officers will actively address each offense they observe and will vigorously enforce all state and local violations of the law.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.