Ithaca, Cornell police to begin annual Quality of Life patrols on East Hill

By WBNG News

Ithaca, Cornell police to begin annual Quality of Life patrols on East Hill

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner and Ithaca Police Department Acting Chief John R. Barber on Thursday announced that starting April 18, officers from IPD and CUP will once again partner for joint patrols to effectively address quality of life issues, such as unreasonable noise and public drunkenness, in the East Hill area.

According to a news release:

The specialized patrol has proved effective in previous years for addressing the needs and concerns of East Hill residents, students, and visitors.

Officers will actively address each offense that they observe and vigorously enforce New York State Law and City of Ithaca Codes that protect the quality of life in the East Hill neighborhood. As in years past, officers will specifically address:

• Underage drinking
• Littering
• Unreasonable noise
• Public urination
• Having an open container of alcohol on public property
• Criminal mischief
• Unregistered Greek party

The special patrol was created as the result of input from the community. Its objective is compliance through strict enforcement. IPD Acting Chief Barber recently commented that Ithaca is a beautiful community, but it isn’t immune to the quality of life issues that other communities face. “This patrol detail speaks volumes about our commitment to listen to the community and respond accordingly," said Barber.

"This specialized patrol has been conducted in previous years," said CUP Chief Zoner," and has proven to be an effective, proactive effort to keep the East Hill area a vibrant and safe place for residents and visitors."