Chief Barber, right, with Mayor Svante Myrick

Ithaca, N.Y. — Mayor Svante Myrick and Chief of Police John R. Barber announced Monday the dates of their coffee shop talks with Ithaca residents.

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“Throughout the months of April and May Chief Barber and Mayor Myrick will visit local coffee shops for several hours to provide an opportunity for folks in the Ithaca community to come talk to them about any police issues or concerns that they may have,” a statement said.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • April 8th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Dunkin’ Donuts 408 Elmira Road
  • April 15th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Dunkin’ Donuts 205 South Meadow Street
  • April 22nd 9:00 am to 11:00 am Dunkin’ Donuts 408 Elmira Road
  • May 13th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Gimme! Coffee 506 West State Street
  • May 20th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Gimme! Coffee 506 West State Street
  • May 27th 9:00 am to 11:00 am Gimme! Coffee 506 West State Street

Here’s the rest of the press release:

Chief Barber is excited for this opportunity to connect with the Ithaca community on a more personal level. Chief Barber commented “Syracuse Chief of Police Frank Fowler recently began a similar campaign called ‘Coffee with the Chief’ that is very successful. I’m confident that this program will be just as successful. I say that because I recognize that our residents and visitors are our greatest assets, and that people often feel more comfortable talking about issues that concern them in an informal setting. That is the catalyst for this program”.

Mayor Myrick is equally excited, commenting “This will give community members the unique opportunity to sit down with Chief Barber and I for a few minutes and express any concerns or ask any questions they might have. It’s part of my overall plan for Excellence in Policing.”

There won’t be any speeches and there won’t be an agenda. Constructive criticism is welcomed and no reservation is required. Free coffee is being provided by the host coffeeshop.


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Jeff Stein

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