ITHACA, N.Y. — The City of Ithaca officially welcomed new Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler to the position, after he was appointed by Mayor Svante Myrick, a move unanimously approved by Common Council Wednesday night.

Myrick publicly announced his endorsement of Tyler on Nov. 14 saying, “I’ve had an opportunity to work with and watch Pete for years and have always been impressed, but watching his leadership after the retirement of Chief Barber through several high profile and challenging incidents, I have become convinced he is the right person for the job.”

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Tyler, 49, has been with the Ithaca Police Department for 26 years, working his way through the ranks and serving as Deputy Chief since 2009.

He was former Chief John Barber’s right-hand man and said the two worked together planning long term goals for IPD that includes community engagement efforts,  accelerated training for officers and forward-thinking diversion programs such as the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, which will provide eligible people who’ve committed a crime with an alternative to incarceration.

Tyler has been acting police chief for about nine months, since Barber retired.

“We shared a lot of the same passion for training and community outreach, to name two of the more important aspects of what I think IPD represents. Being a professional police officer, coming to work every day, knowing that your job is to serve the public and to do it in a manner that is respected, is appreciated and can hold up to scrutiny,” Tyler previously said.

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“I would like to think that the people in the city of Ithaca feel like the Ithaca Police Department is their community police department. They’re their officers. That we are all a part of something. We’re not a separate occupying force. We work very hard at community action and outreach,” Tyler said.

Pete Tyler takes the helm as Acting Police Chief from newly retired Chief John Barber on March 9. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

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