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July 12, 2021 37 min

Dennis Nayor recently retired as chief of the Ithaca Police Department.  He was previously the Chief of the Oneonta Police, with nearly 25 years of service in policing.  Following an Executive Order from The New York Governor, all police agencies in NY have to submit proposals for reform by April 1, 2021.  

After many focus groups and meetings, a decision was made to drastically change the police department, The plan, which includes renaming the Ithaca Police Department and having armed and unarmed public safety workers, was approved unanimously by the Common Council on March 31.  The implementation plan has not been finalized but will reduce the number of armed officers while adding more civilian staff.  Ithaca Mayor says he wants to rebuild the Ithaca Police Department from the ground up.

In a candid chat, Dennis Nayor discussed the process, the changes, and the way forward for a reimagined public safety agency.  We talked about the current state of policing, defunding, and leadership in agencies.  

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