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ITHACA, N.Y. — Chief of Police John R. Barber is pleased to announce that on Saturday October 17th the Ithaca Police Department will be co-hosting the first ever Community – IPD Barbecue.

The event will take place from noon to 3:00 pm at the Southside Community Center, located at 310 South Plain Street.

The event will be informal in nature and folks can expect to get to know various officers from the Ithaca Police Department. There will be a live radio broadcast on WVBR 93.5 FM. Hot dogs, hamburgers, vegan options, and a wide array of other food will be available free of charge.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will be on hand to share in this wonderful community event.

Regarding the Barbecue Chief Barber stated “To my knowledge this is the first event of its kind where the Ithaca Police Department puts together a barbecue for the community. I’m excited beyond words to connect and reconnect with the folks in our community. This is another opportunity for Ithaca residents and IPD officers to get to know each other. We’ve got a lot of great officers doing a lot of great things in our community, and we’ve also got a lot of great citizens doing a lot of great things in our community too. I can’t wait for this barbecue to get everyone together.”

Mayor Myrick shared Chief Barber’s excitement, commenting “Chief Barber understands the importance of the Ithaca Police Department being accessible and responsive to the community’s needs. People in Ithaca need to know who the police officers are that are protecting and serving them. This barbecue will help to make that happen. I’ll be there for sure.”

Several local businesses have generously donated items for the barbecue already. Two members of the community, Gibrian Hagood and Phoebe Brown, have been instrumental in helping the first ever Community – IPD Barbecue come to fruition.

They both are part of a small group of people who meet monthly with Chief Barber to share ideas on how to improve police community relations. The goal of their monthly meetings is to create and maintain a safe, resilient, and welcoming community for everyone.

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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.