Ithaca PD announces increased police presence at city schools

Ithaca Police Department is increasing its presence in city schools in light of yesterday’s attack in Texas and the attack in Buffalo earlier this month.

Acting Police Chief John Joly said there is no knowledge of any specific threats to the Ithaca community, rather, Ithaca police are taking a “proactive approach” by increasing its presence in schools.

Related: At least 19 children, two adults killed in shooting at Texas elementary school

Chief Joly’s message to the community

Our hearts go out to the victims, relatives, and community members of both Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas.

It is difficult to understand these recent acts of extreme violence. Considering yesterday’s horrific tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, and the increased anxiety of parents, students, and teachers, we are taking a proactive approach to increase our presence at schools within the City of Ithaca. We have no knowledge of any specific threats in our community, yet neither did the kids and teachers in Texas, nor did black residents at the Buffalo Tops Market. Our intent is to help the students and faculty have an increased sense of safety and security.

Related: Buffalo mass shooting: Gunman facing murder charges after killing 10, wounding others in racist attack at grocery store

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