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Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler will retire in June

Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tayler will retire – ending a 28 year career – in June.

In a letter dated January 29th Tyler said that he “couldn’t have asked for a better experience than serving the fine citizens of Ithaca.”

While the chief said it hadn’t always been easy, he said that leading by example was a necessary part of his longevity. “I’ve done my best to lead by example, pass along lessons learned, and create opportunities for growth and advancement to the men and woman here at the IPD,” he said in the letter. “There will of course be many challenges for whoever takes the role as the next chief of police. Several pressing issues such as the unsettled labor contract, staffing levels and the complex challenges associated with Professional 21st Century Policing are at the top of the list.”

Tyler said that the ‘solid team’ in place will ensure that the transition, and pending challenges will be met.

Read his full-letter below:

It is with great excitement and anticipation that I announce my pending retirement as City of Ithaca Police Chief this June. On May 31st I will have the honor of walking through the IPD doors one last time, capping a career spanning 28 years.

I can truly say that I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than serving the fine citizens of Ithaca, NY and the greater Tompkins County community. It has not always been easy, but throughout my career many lessons have been gained. I’ve done my best to lead by example, pass along lessons learned, and create opportunities for growth and advancement to the men and woman here at the IPD. There will of course be many challenges for whoever takes the role as the next chief of police. Several pressing issues such as the unsettled labor contract, staffing levels and the complex challenges associated with Professional 21st Century Policing are at the top of the list. I can assure you however, there is a solid team in place here at IPD who are ready, willing and able to meet those challenges head on in the best interest of serving our great community. One thing I know is the level of service our men and woman provide with their professional approach is second to none. I feel blessed to have been part of this great team for my full career.

In retirement I look forward to working with several job opportunities which will allow me to continue with my passion of instructing first responders and passing forward the experience and lessons I have gained throughout my career. While I plan to work part-time, I know this endeavor will take me across the country. I’m looking forward to what the next chapter will bring.

I want to personally thank everyone that I have had the pleasure to meet during my career. I am indebted to the folks that offered me guidance and encouragement to move forward during challenging and difficult times. Most importantly, I thank my family for their steadfast support as none of this would have been possible without them.

For the next four months, there is still plenty I would like to accomplish as we continue to improve both administratively and operationally. As always, the goal is to enable the people of this great community to know that they are getting the best possible police services. Hard work and determination, highlighted by our unwavering professionalism, will get us there.

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