Council Sets Expiration Date On Police Placement Program

The Ithaca Common Council voted unanimously to set a two-year expiration date for the Officer Next Door initiative — which assigns police officers to live in troubled Ithaca neighborhoods as resources for residents — at its monthly meeting Wednesday. During the meeting, the council heard feedback from citizens about the initiative which the City Administration Committee approved in a unanimous vote Jan. 21, according to The Ithaca Journal. Many citizens expressed support for the program saying that they did not always feel their children were safe in their neighborhoods, and describing crimes and drug deals they had witnessed in their everyday life. Chief of Police John Barber encouraged the council to allow the program to continue running for several more years without amendment.