ITHACA, N.Y. –– Former Lieutenant John Joly has been promoted to deputy chief of the Ithaca Police Department.

Joly has been with IPD for the last fifteen years, and has served the department as an officer, sergeant, SWAT team commander, lieutenant of investigations and for seven years was the IPD union president. Prior to coming to Ithaca, Joly served as an officer in Atlanta for five years.

“I have a background in operations and I was a trainee coordinator for a couple of years, so I have a unique input in that. I was union president for seven years, so I have a very good understanding of the contract and what the union needs — I think I can help bridge the gap, so we can work together and continue to be successful,” Joly said.

As deputy chief, Joly said he will be focused on efficiency — both in terms of modernizing the department with new technology, but also using manpower in a more efficient way to cultivate community outreach.

“We don’t have the personnel to do, let’s say, a community barbecue –– we don’t have the personnel to do that large scale stuff, so we want to come up with more consistent smaller things,” Joly said. “We want to start up ‘coffee with a cop’ program where we’ll do that at multiple coffee shops in the city, post it on our website, on our Facebook. We want to encourage the community to come out and talk to an officer, talk to us, talk to the chief and myself and really start to increase our community outreach through small things like that.”

Joly’s responsibilities as deputy chief will include overseeing the criminal investigations division, overseeing policies and procedures, internal affairs and also overseeing the SWAT team.

“I’m excited to take on this new position,” Joly said. “It’ll allow me to have a little more influence and continue to implement some changes in the department from the next level.”

Photo courtesy of Dave Burbank/Ithaca Police Department

Anna Lamb

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