Ithaca welcomes new Police Chief Pete Tyler: ‘It’s history in the making today’

In front of a crowd of more than 130 people Wednesday, Ithaca's first black mayor swore in Ithaca's first black police chief, who has officially taken the reigns as the 15th chief of the Ithaca Police Department.

Chief Pete Tyler has served as a police officer at IPD for 26 years, raising up through the ranks with his good friend and former chief John Barber, who retired in March. Tyler has been acting chief of the department since then while the City of Ithaca launched a nation-wide search to fill the position.

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