ITHACA, N.Y.—The restructured Ithaca Police Department plan has come under quite a bit of scrutiny, from various angles, over the last several months, and Ithacans have expressed a wide range of opinions on the plan that would add five unarmed community solutions workers to a new department alongside the existing Ithaca Police Department and create an overarching Department of Community Safety.

One particularly direct way for them to show their feelings toward the department came when the plan was unveiled and those working on the Reimagining Public Safety process asked for the community’s suggestions for naming the new department. The City of Ithaca has made all 30 suggestions available to The Ithaca Voice via a Freedom of Information Law request.

Some were quite earnest: “Community Centered Safety Department” would have probably gone over pretty well locally, for instance. Others showed obvious antipathy to the plan: “Crime Spree Observers” is likely the most creative entry in that genre of responses.

In the tradition of Boaty McBoatFace and Hooty McOwlFace, at least one Ithacan did suggest Safety McSafeFace as the naming convention for the new department, following in a long line of examples of the occasional folly (or occasional genius) of allowing the internet to have a voice.

On the other hand, some entries appeared to misunderstand the matter, or perhaps were going for a more meta approach that demands further analysis than the mere list of names can provide. “Name,” “Name for new department,” and “Title” were all individually submitted.

Here is the full list of suggestions, turned over by the city:

  • Department of Community Safety
  • Community Support Team
  • Community Peace Keepers
  • Test Idea
  • Lipstick on a Pig
  • Use the Resources available
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Title ideas of new department for public safety
  • Antifa
  • Ithaca Police Department
  • Svante’s Bong Rip
  • Department of Public Safety and Community Resource Solutions
  • Ithaca Safeguard
  • OK Corral
  • Safety McSafe Face
  • Crime Spree Observers
  • Name of Department
  • Ithaca PSD
  • Name for Dept of Public Safety
  • Department of Community Care and Safety
  • OASIS
  • Ithaca Police Department
  • Name
  • SHeroes
  • ComPROMISE
  • Community Centered Safety Department
  • Coreorgonel (Where we keep the pipe of peace)
  • New Department Name
  • Title
  • Name for new department

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com