The Ithaca police chief says a long-time department officer has died.

According to a statement released Monday morning by Chief John Barber, Police Officer Amanda Van Houten passed away at her home late Sunday evening.

Barber provided no details surrounding Van Houten's death.

The chief's statement indicated Van Houten joined the Ithaca Police Department in October 1997.

Barber said the "community greatly benefited from the passion" Van Houten displayed as she performed her duties.

The chief noted Van Houten participated in the department's DARE program for many years.

In a message to members of the Ithaca Police Department posted on the Police Benevolent Association Facebook page, Barber said he's committed to helping them "through this difficult time."

The chief said grief counselors will be available to department employees.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.