ITHACA, N.Y. — More than 100 people attended the Ithaca Police Department’s first open house Saturday morning where they toured the station, met officers, and learned about community outreach programs.
“I personally felt like there’s been a disconnect in our community for a long time,” Police Chief John Barber said.”I want members of the community to know the officers behind the badges.”
He said community members he meets with regularly about local issues worked with officers to help coordinate the event — staffing tables with information and handing out drinks or balloons.
Barber said questions from the community ran the gamut from being lighthearted conversations to concerns in the community to information about community outreach. He said those are the conversations the department wanted to get started at the event.
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