By Josh Brokaw Ithaca’s Common Council will vote on making Peter Tyler the city’s permanent police chief on Wednesday night at its December meeting. Tyler was appointed interim chief in March 2017 by Mayor Svante Myrick, after John Barber’s retirement. TruthSayers reported in August that four candidates for the next Ithaca police chief posted qualifying…Continue Reading “Ithaca Council Voting on Police Chief Hire Wednesday”

By Josh Brokaw Sometime, in the presumably near future, Ithaca and Tompkins County will join the growing number of municipalities practicing the principles of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion [LEAD]. Changing the practices of how Ithaca Police Department and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office officers deal with people who frequently interact with law enforcement was one of…Continue Reading “How Ithaca Can Arrest Fewer People: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion”

By Josh Brokaw When the Ithaca Plan drug policy was rolled out in February 2016, the one idea among its many recommendations that grabbed headlines nationwide was the idea of a supervised injection facility [SIF]. The idea of giving needle drug users a supervised place to inject heroin has been tried in many other countries,…Continue Reading “Supervised Injection Facilities a Rational Response to Drug Problem, County Med Director Says”

By Josh Brokaw You might have seen the billboards that state the issue clearly: “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is happening in Tompkins County.” The commercial sexual exploitation of children [abbreviated as CSEC] happens when someone under 18 years old has sex for the “exchange or the promise of exchange of something of value.” That’s…Continue Reading “Sexual Exploitation of Children Happening in Tompkins County”

By Josh Brokaw The Chemung County Sheriff’s Department was searching for marijuana plants from the air last week. The Ithaca Police Department provided “assistance” of an unknown kind in the search, according to a Facebook post from Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss. Moss posted on Facebook on the morning of Wednesday, September 27, that his…Continue Reading “Chemung County, Ithaca Police Busting Pot Growers With Air Intel”