ITHACA, N.Y. –– Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor will be hosting a virtual public forum outlining IPD’s practices, policies and procedures on Tuesday, Oct. 20 as part of a joint effort between the city and Tompkins County to reform local policing and gather feedback in the process.

As part of the “Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca’s Policing Reform Collaborative,” Chief Nayor’s live-streamed public forum will include details on jurisdiction, budget, trainings, and community outreach.

The forum will be streamed on YouTube at 4:30 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to participate by sharing questions in the YouTube chat and by filling out this ongoing survey.

This push for reform is part of a state mandate announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement back in May, and requires all municipalities with police departments to submit a policing reform plan to New York State by April 1.

Following Chief Nayor’s presentation Tuesday, two other forums are planned. On Thursday, Oct. 22, at 4:30 p.m. a policing practices and procedures presentation with Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne, and on Thursday, Oct. 29, also at 4:30 p.m. a public session will be held with former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, sharing an overview of Camden New Jersey’s police reform process and lessons learned. Camden made headlines this year after radically overhauling their police force.

The public is encouraged to participate in the Oct. 29 forum by registering as a webinar attendee to ask questions live, following Milgram’s remarks. You can register to participate here.

The Milgram forum will also be streamed live to YouTube and archived here for future viewing.

Listen to Milgram speak with Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson here, and for those looking for further insight to the changes made to Camden’s police force, read a published case study here.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com