ITHACA, N.Y.—Area residents will have a chance to flex their creativity, or lack thereof if that is your preference, for the next few weeks as the City of Ithaca fields suggestions about what the new department should be called that “will manage public safety functions.” The suggestions will be considered by the Reimagining Public Safety Plan Working Group.

The working group is currently formulating the new agency that will be the central part of the reimagined public safety plan. The agency will include “armed IPD responders, in addition to unarmed and mental health responders.” Those interested can submit their ideas for the department’s name here.

“We’re looking for the community’s creativity in naming this department,” said City of Ithaca Working group co-lead Eric Rosario. “This is an opportunity to help establish the vision for what services and responses will be delivered by the department and how the community will view the work and services offered.”

Fellow co-lead Karen Yearwood said that the name will “help set the tone for how people perceive and approach this department.” The public is also encouraged to submit other ideas about what the department should look like overall and how it should be different than the current iteration of law enforcement locally. Those without internet access can check an ad in the Tompkins Weekly newspaper.

For more information, you can contact the City of Ithaca’s Melody Faraday here.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com