ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Police Department welcomed its ninth new officer to the force in a year on Thursday morning.

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Officer Jacob Allard, of Corning New York, joins IPD after serving six years at the Elmira Police Department.

“This really is one of the highlights of my job,” Chief John Barber said about welcoming new officers to the department.

He said the process to become an officer has become more rigorous than it was 20 years ago and now includes tests, multiple interviews and a polygraph test.

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“Jake excelled in every one one of those areas,” Barber said.

“It is extremely difficult to be a police officer in this county.” Mayor Svante Myrick said before swearing in Allard.

His wife, Katie Allard, pinned his badge to his chest for the first time.

Allard has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Brockport and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Keuka College. He’s also a part-time adjunct at Corning Community College.

While with the Elmira Police Department, he also received a lifesaving award and education award.

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Jolene Almendarez

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