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A public input session will be held on Monday, March 20, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at The Space @GreenStar to gather comments, ideas, and concerns about how local law enforcement services are—and could be--organized and provided in Tompkins County.
Public input is an important element of a law enforcement shared services study commissioned by Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca, with participation by the Cayuga Heights, Dryden, and Groton police departments. In addition to the initial March 20th input session, the study team will undertake a survey of residents, facilitate focus group discussions and, when implementation options are identified, hold public meetings to hear comments about those options.
The six-month study is being undertaken by the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research (CGR), with support from the Municipal Restructuring Fund administered by the New York State Department of State.
The study will evaluate the way police services are now provided within Tompkins County and assess potential organizational changes that could improve efficiency and effectiveness. CGR will be reviewing potential measures that range from combining certain functions, such as training, to fully consolidating police agencies. Their study will conclude with the presentation of a few options to the public and the legislative bodies of the participating governments for a decision about whether to move forward toward implementation.
Police protection is one of the most important functions provided by local government, and among the most costly. The participating jurisdictions are committed to providing the highest quality of service at the lowest possible cost to their communities, and view the CGR study as a means to ensure that police services are organized in a way to best achieve those dual goals.
Speakers will be asked to limit their remarks to three minutes, and encouraged to leave copies of their prepared statements with the consultants.
A webpage has been created to allow the public to monitor progress on the study, and to offer their suggestions. The website can be accessed from the County’s web page at www.tompkinscountyny.gov or at https://www.cgr.org/TompkinsLESS/
The Space @GreenStar is located at 700 W. Buffalo in the City of Ithaca. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.