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Press releases re West Hill

From Cynthia Brock:
I am linking two press releases issued moments ago by IPD and Mayor Myrick (full text is also below on this page):

It includes the following action which will take place immediately:

“In response to the recent violent crimes, Acting Chief Barber and Mayor Myrick have assembled a specialized patrol to address any and all offenses that threaten the safe and peaceful community on the West Hill. Officers will patrol on foot in two-person teams and will deploy a zero-tolerance approach. Officers are heavily encouraged to interact with residents to gain the confidence of the public as well to obtain any information that will aid Investigators. Barber commented that “We need officers on the street right now. We’ll still do the specialized patrol on the West Hill in the coming months like we did last year, but right now we need officers on the streets to stop these senseless acts of violence and to prevent future similar acts”.”

The City continues to be committed to preserving and enhancing community and neighborhood safety.  As a West Hill resident and Council representative, I will do my best to assist in these and other efforts to re-establish the feelings of calm and security we have all come to expect in our neighborhoods.

Cynthia Brock
First Ward Alderperson
cbrock@cityofithaca.org
607 398-0883

(full text of the two press releases is below)

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MEDIA RELEASE
Prepared by: Officer Jamie Williamson Date Prepared: April 29, 2013

Joint Statement from Mayor Svante Myrick and Acting Police Chief John R. Barber

Mayor Svante Myrick and Acting Chief of Police John R. Barber are asking for the public’s help in solving several recent violent crimes on the west side of the City of Ithaca. Within the last seven days one person was shot three times and two people have been stabbed. While these incidents all appear to be separate from each other and do not appear to be random acts of violence, they each carry with them a common theme: all three victims are refusing to cooperate with police. This has stifled Investigators as they try to decipher exactly what occurred and assemble a case for prosecution. Investigators continue to pursue leads in all three cases.

Mayor Myrick and Acting Chief Barber collectively urge the public to cooperate with the police in these investigations. Tiplines are available to anyone who does not wish to speak directly to a police officer, and tipsters can remain anonymous if so desired. IPD has a Facebook account where people can leave private messages, too. Contact information is listed below. Mayor Myrick and Acting Chief Barber both agree that regardless of what method you use to contact the police, the underlying message is the same: help from the public will assist IPD in delivering the highest level of safety for our community.

In response to the recent violent crimes, Acting Chief Barber and Mayor Myrick have assembled a specialized patrol to address any and all offenses that threaten the safe and peaceful community on the West Hill. Officers will patrol on foot in two-person teams and will deploy a zero-tolerance approach. Officers are heavily encouraged to interact with residents to gain the confidence of the public as well to obtain any information that will aid Investigators. Barber commented that “We need officers on the street right now. We’ll still do the specialized patrol on the West Hill in the coming months like we did last year, but right now we need officers on the streets to stop these senseless acts of violence and to prevent future similar acts.”

Mayor Myrick echoed Barber’s comments, stating “All of the resources of IPD and the City of Ithaca as a whole are being utilized to solve these senseless acts of violence. As Mayor I ask you, the citizens of Ithaca, for your help in solving these crimes and in preventing future violence. Collectively we can solve these crimes and help keep Ithaca a safe and beautiful place to live, work, and grow.”

  • IPD Dispatch: 607-272-3245
  • IPD Administration: 607-272-9973
  • IPD Email Tipline: http://www.cityofithaca.org/departments/ipd/tipline.cfm
  • IPD Phone Tipline: 607-697-0333
  • IPD Facebook

 

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MEDIA RELEASE

  • Prepared by: Officer Jamie Williamson — Date Prepared: April 29, 2013
  • Type of Incident: Crime Update and Crime Suppression Patrol
  • Location of Incident: West side of Ithaca

This past weekend the Ithaca Police Department responded to two separate stabbings on the west side of the city. The two incidents do not appear to be related.

On April 27, 2013 at about 9:44 pm a 35 year old male was stabbed in the neck area in the 400 block of West State Street. The victim was transported to a regional trauma center. The victim’s injuries were serious; however they were not life-threatening. Not long after arriving at the hospital the victim walked out of the hospital, against medical advice. The victi refused to cooperate with police, including refusing to identify the person who stabbed him.

On April 28, 2013 at about 2:25 pm a 17 year old male was stabbed in the back. The victim was transported to a local hospital. The victim’s injuries were serious; however they were not life-threatening. Not long after arriving at the hospital the victim walked out of the hospital, against medical advice. The victim refused to cooperate with police, including refusing to identify the person who stabbed him. A large group of people were present during the assault; however they all advised that they did not see anything.

IPD Investigators are pursuing leads and are asking the public for assistance or any information that would aid Investigators. Folks are encouraged to call IPD at 607-272-3245. Anonymous tips can be left at: http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/departments/ipd/tipline.cfm or by calling 607-697-0333. Acting Chief of Police John R. Barber condemns these recent acts of violence. In response, a specialized patrol has been deployed to address quality of life issues the West Hill area of the city. Officers will patrol in two-person teams and a zero-tolerance approach will be utilized. Acting Chief Barber recently stated:

“The last several months Ithaca has seen a substantial increase in violence on the west side of the city. We need officers on the streets right now to address this. To combat these tragic and senseless acts of violence I have organized a specialized patrol for the west side of the city. This specialized patrol is just one of many steps that we areto address these violent acts. The citizens of Ithaca deserve a safe city to live in and work in, and the Ithaca Police Department is committed to assuring that this is achieved day in and day out. The full resources of IPD are being utilized to investigate these horrible acts of violence. Any information that would aid Investigators would be much appreciated. IPD delivers safety through excellent police service, and the people who live in these neighborhoods deserve a safe place to live and work.”

 

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