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ITHACA, NY – The Ithaca Police Department is pleased to announce that Chief of Police John R. Barber has been invited to The White House on Wednesday July 6th, 2016 to participate in a briefing with Senior Administration Officials on The President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing Initiative.

Regarding his invitation to this briefing, Chief Barber stated “I am pleased to be a part of this important law enforcement initiative. I listen intently to the concerns of our community. I am eager to incorporate what I learn at The White House into what we do here in Ithaca to improve the law enforcement services we provide to this amazing city.”

City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick also stated “This is a great honor for Chief Barber, and I am eager to see how President Obama’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing Initiative impacts our community. Chief Barber and I are duly committed to working together to enhance what the Ithaca Police Department does for our community.”

At a Medal of Valor Ceremony on May 16, 2016 President Obama stated “Our nation has a responsibility to support those who serve and protect us and keep our streets safe. We can show our respect by listening to you, learning from you, giving you the resources that you need to do the jobs. That’s the mission of our police task force, which brought together local law enforcement, civil rights and faith leaders, and community members to open dialogue and build trust and find concrete solutions that make your jobs safer. Our country needs that right now.”

The President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing can be found at the following web address:

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