ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Several Ithaca officers have been recognized for their community police outreach efforts with the Frank G. Hammer Officer of the Month award.

Presented at the Kendal at Ithaca, the officers recognized were Officers Jamie Williamson, Petula McBean, Gibrian Hagood, Phoebe Brown, Sharie Kartius and Laura Burch.

The group was preseented with a plaque and a flower from the Ithaca Cayuga Kiwanis Club. The group meets monthly with Chief Pete Tyler to discuss critical issues pertaining to law enforcement in the Ithaca community.

“Police officers work every day to earn the trust of the community,” said Chief Tyler. “The work that this group does embodies that work by bringing members of the community and the police together. They work tirelessly to help strengthen the relationships that IPD officers share with the citizens they serve in this city. They meet monthly to share their ideas and concerns, but more importantly they work together to effect positive change. The Community IPD Barbecue is a great example of a collaborative effort spearheaded by this group that has initiated positive change. The barbecue provides a comfortable, informal atmosphere for police officers and community members to talk, listen, and find common ground to stand on. I am very proud of the work they do and wanted to recognize them for their efforts.”