On November 19th, 2018 IPD Officer Jamie Williamson and several members of the Ithaca community were presented with the Frank G. Hammer Officer of the Month award at a ceremony at Kendal of Ithaca. The group was recognized for their efforts in community police outreach. Recognized were Officer Williamson, Petula McBean, Gibrian Hagood, Phoebe Brown, Shari Kartius, and Laura Burch.
This group meets monthly with Chief Tyler to discuss critical issues pertaining to law enforcement in the Ithaca community. Officer Williamson and the other recipients were each presented with a plaque and a flower from the Ithaca Cayuga Kiwanis Club.
Regarding the efforts of the group Chief Tyler stated, “Police Officers work every day to earn the trust of this community. The work that this group does embodies that work by bringing members of the community and the police together. They work tirelessly to help strengthen the relationships that IPD officers share with the citizens they serve in this city. They meet monthly to share their ideas and concerns, but more importantly they work together to effect positive change. The Community IPD Barbecue is a great example of a collaborative effort spearheaded by this group that has initiated positive change. The barbecue provides a comfortable, informal atmosphere for police officers and community members to talk, listen, and find common ground to stand on. I am very proud of the work they do and wanted to recognize them for their efforts.”