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ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Police Department Chief of Police John R. Barber is pleased to announce the opening of the new IPD West End District Office at 801 West Buffalo Street. 

The West End District Office is on the first floor of a multi-use building that formerly housed the Leigh Valley House Restaurant. 

The District Office features an office space with work stations as well as a conference room.  The space was kindly donated by the Ciaschi family. 

The District Office officially opens on August 19, 2015.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9:00 am.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Regarding the West End District Office Chief Barber recently stated, “We’ll hold community meetings and various community outreach programs at this office.  This District Office puts IPD officers right in the heart of the West End.  It offers police officers and the community another opportunity to connect and strengthen relationships.” 

He said, “The Community Action Team will have a strong presence at the District Office, and officers on patrol are encouraged to staff the District Office as much as practical.  Nearly everything an officer can do at IPD Headquarters can be done at the District office, with the exception of a few administrative tasks. 

City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick also stated “I applaud Chief Barber and the Ithaca Police Department for providing the Ithaca community and IPD officers another opportunity to connect.  The West End District Office is going to be a great asset to the Ithaca Police Department and their efforts to strengthen the relationships with the community they serve.  Folks can stop in to speak with an officer, share their concerns, and get to know the men and women who patrol their neighborhoods.  To have the Ciaschi family donate space demonstrates their continued commitment to the Ithaca community and in particular the west end of the city.”

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.