A message from Chief Ronnell Higgins

Approach to Policing

Learn more about our approach to policing, including a recent announcement on The Yale Police Department in a Time of Historic Change and An Assessment of the Yale Police Department by 21CP Solutions.

For more information about how Public Safety operates, visit General Orders and Standard Operating Procedures.

Public Safety Responds

Police Officers swear an oath to protect and serve their communities, as I expressed in an announcement in June 2020. It was very clear that in this case, Dereck Chauvin did not protect, and he did not serve. Together we should work to make policing better, hold bad police officers accountable, and just as importantly, work to lift up good police officers. As stated in President Salovey’s message, we must continue take action to improve our society. Yale public safety remains committed to working with the Yale and the New Haven community to heal, forge a constructive path forward, and improve policing through enhancing trust and transparency.

I encourage everyone to review the FBI’s video on “Victim of Hate Crime? We Want to Know”, and to contact our Public Safety team if you experience or witness incidents of racism, hate crimes, or other concerning events.

Returning to Yale Update

On behalf of Yale Public Safety, I want to assure you that Yale’s Police Officers and Security teams remain fully committed to their responsibility of providing quality service and protection to the Yale community during this unprecedented and challenging time. To help keep our police officers and the community healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the department has temporarily modified a few of their patrol procedures when responding to certain incidents and calls for service in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and align with industry best practices.

We Value Your Feedback

Please submit feedback, including compliments or civilian complaints, so that we may take appropriate action.

Stay Safe on Campus

The Yale Police Department has primary responsibility for patrolling the Yale campus and also serves in a supportive role to the New Haven Police Department as an extended patrol area. View the campus boundary map. (If an accessible version of the map is required please contact safe@yale.edu.)

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Community Policing Partnerships

Yale Police officers are committed to being fully transparent with the University community.

About Public Safety

Our organization is bound together by core values and principles that we all share. Those values form the ethical basis for our decision-making.