Alan Cohen, mayor of city of Ithaca, New York, appointed Victor Loo the new chief of the Ithaca Police Department on Monday, March 3. Victor Loo, 45, spent 20 years in the New York City Police Department. Loo was one of the three final candidates. He will join the force on April 14, pending Common Council hearing and a March 26 civil service test. "He has the strength, character and heart that is necessary to lead our police department," Mayor Cohen said.
Loo retired from the New York City Police Department in March 2002. During Loo's years on the force, he worked as a lieutenant in operations, internal affairs, vice enforcement and recruit discipline. Loo said that he would take his "experience in the city dealing with crime and the community and bring some of those strategies [up] from New York." Loo will replace Lauren Signer, whom Cohen appointed last March as acting chief to replace Richard Basile when he retired that month. (Source: Michael Margolis, Cornel Daily Sun, March 4, 2003)