ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Police Department hosted its very first community barbecue Saturday afternoon at the Southside Community Center.

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At least 100 people were treated to ice cream, burgers, hot dogs and sides served up by about a dozen officers.

Regarding the barbecue Chief John 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.”

Enjoy these 17 photos taken at the barbecue:

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Jolene Almendarez

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