Public welcome at promotion ceremony for Ithaca Chief of Police Pete Tyler

After several months as Acting Chief of Police, Pete Tyler will be officially promoted to Chief of Police this Wednesday, and the public is welcome to the ceremony.

Ithaca’s new Chief of Police, Pete Tyler. 14850 file photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

In his 27th year of law enforcement, Chief Tyler was appointed by Mayor Svante Myrick last month after serving as Acting Chief following the retirement of former chief of police John Barber.

“I’ll never forget the day Deputy Chief John Ecklund called and asked, ‘Pete, are you ready to work for IPD?’ It was a rush of pride.” Tyler had also been serving as a firefighter in Dryden, and has stayed on as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

Since joining the force, Tyler has risen through the ranks, served on IPD’s SWAT team and Recruitment team, has been department training coordinator, and served for 15 years on the local Safe School Committee. Before being named Acting Chief upon Chief Barber’s departure, Tyler served as Administrative Deputy Chief and Senior Deputy Chief overseeing operations.

The Ithaca High School graduate, U.S. Army veteran, and longtime Ithaca resident “has seen firsthand the challenges faced by the youth in this city and the effect of the current heroin crisis,” according to Mayor Myrick.

Tyler didn’t pass a required civil service exam on his first attempt, Mayor Myrick confirmed to us, “but because there weren’t more than three people with higher scores than him, he was still eligible for consideration.” He’ll be required to retake the test within a year, and pass it.

“Every [IPD] administration has had its challenges and tragic events that have shaped our efforts in the community,” Tyler told us this fall. He says he’ll continue IPD’s strong emphasis on ongoing training “as long as I’m here.”

Tyler also believes in “a huge amount of community outreach and education” effort, both to keep the public informed and to help community members “understand the necessary elements we need in our investigations.”

Chief Tyler will be officially sworn in by Mayor Myrick at a ceremony at 10am on Wednesday, December 20th, at the Borg Warner Room at Tompkins County Public Library, across from Ithaca’s City Hall in downtown Ithaca.

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