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Legislature Supports County-City Law Enforcement Co-Location Study

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Legislature Supports County-City Law Enforcement Co-Location Study

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Legislature, by a vote of 11-2 (Legislators Mike Sigler and Glenn Morey voted no; Chair Martha Robertson was excused) supported a proposed consultant study examining the potential for co-location of the City of Ithaca Police Department and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Road Patrol and Civil Division, and pending similar approval by the City, agreed to fund half of the cost of the proposed study, for an amount not to exceed $10,000. 

The architectural consulting firm Kingsbury Architecture, LLC has submitted a proposal to conduct the study at a quoted cost of $19,650, cost to be divided between the County and the City.  Examining the possibility of public safety offices in the county was one of the recommendations of the Tompkins County Law Enforcement Shared Services Study, conducted last year by the Center for Governmental Research. 

There has been no decision to co-locate the two facilities, but Public Safety Committee chair Rich John said it would be beneficial to assess land and space needs issues, especially since both agencies currently are eying potential facilities changes.  “If we don’t study it now, those two issues will probably not run together in time in our lifetimes,” he said.  “It’s not that we’re pre-judging this, but we should look at it.”  Legislator Mike Sigler claimed the proposal shows a lack of transparency regarding a desire to move the Sheriff’s Office to the City, which Mr. John said is not the case.