Ithaca, N.Y. — The official crime log for Tompkins Cortland Community College contains dozens of colorful annotations and notes about the activity of the school’s officers.

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A large proportion of crime reports — mainly about false fire alarms and minor offenses — contains jokes and other commentary about the campus police work. The annotations date back to at least January of this year and include references to the GhostBusters movie, a love of bacon and marijuana-related puns.


“No flames, reset,” one log says. “Blah, blah, blah.” (That’s one of two times “blah, blah, blah” is written into the official crime reports.)

At other points the crime log appears to speak sarcastically about campus police work:

The Voice has compiled a list of some of the more colorful notes. The most serious crimes such as robberies and assaults are written with no commentary. The crime log is publicly available and is linked to on the community college’s website.

Responding to fire alarms:


Investigating drug complaints:

Quality of life police work:

Investigating other crimes:


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Jeff Stein

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