Public Safety News

Yale Police Officers Sell Donuts, Collect Tips in Support of Special Olympics

April 19, 2017

Support Special Olympics by Tipping a Cop! Yale University Police Officers will hold a Tip-A-Cop Event, Friday, April 21 st , at Donut Crazy, 290 York Street, New Haven, CT from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. selling donuts and collecting tips—all of which will go to support Special Olympics Connecticut....

7th Annual Battle of the Badges April 22nd at Payne Whitney Gym

March 20, 2017

The Yale University Police Department will host its 7th annual “Battle of the Badges” bench press competition. *Proceeds to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven . The competition will be held at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, 4th floor (70 Tower Parkway, New Haven) on...

Yale PD SWAT Team Holds Blood Drive March 29th

March 7, 2017

New Haven, CT – On Wednesday, March 29th from 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. the Yale University Police (YPD) SWAT Team will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at YPD Headquarters, 101 Ashmun Street in the rear of the building. The American Red Cross will have one of their...

Spring Citizen’s Yale Police and Public Safety Academy Begins March 28th

February 16, 2017
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The Yale University Police Department (YPD) will host a Citizen’s Police and Public Safety Academy beginning Tuesday, March 28th

Chief Ronnell Higgins of...

Spring 2017 Public Safety Advisory

February 15, 2017

To the Yale Community:

On behalf of the men and women in Public Safety at Yale, I am pleased to provide the updated annual Yale University Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and share that crime on campus in 2016 was reduced to the lowest levels since 1985. We are grateful for your...

Yale Police Department & FBI Announce 2nd Annual Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy

January 11, 2017

The New Haven Field Office of the FBI and Yale University Police Department are proud to announce the second annual Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA). Two of the nation’s most notable and iconic institutions will again conduct a week-long law enforcement and legal training camp for...

Yale PD & New Haven PD give away Turkeys to Newhallville Residents

November 29, 2016

It was a Happy Thanksgiving for 287 New Haven families thanks to the efforts of several Yale (YPD) and New Haven Police Department (NHPD) volunteers. Last week this combined team of officers and civilian volunteers gave away 287 turkeys to Newhallville residents. Under the stewardship of YPD...

Yale PD’s Joseph Funaro Cycles Across Four States in Memory of Fallen Officers

October 27, 2016

Every story about doing something epic usually begins with the phrase “a friend of a friend …” The same applies to Yale Police Officer Joseph Funaro who, in September, participated in the Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride. It was Funaro’s first time doing a multi-day, long-distance,...

Four Yale PD Officers Recently Promoted

October 10, 2016
Yale Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Ronnell Higgins is pleased to announce the following departmental promotions: Lieutenant William Kraszewski - Promoted to the rank of Captain overseeing Administration and assisting the Chief’s office in coordinating operations between Yale...

Three Yale Police Officers Receive Medal of Valor

September 27, 2016

Yale Police Officers, Daniel Cavanaugh, Danny Sentementes and Sergeant Christopher Halstead, received the Medal of Valor Award from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) at their annual fall meeting. They received this medal for their brave, calm and competent response during the...

The End of an Era – Assistant Chief Michael Patten of the Yale Police Department Retires

September 7, 2016

Assistant Chief Michael Patten of the Yale Police Department (YPD) retired last week after 43 years in law enforcement, 25 of those at Yale. AC or Mike, as he is known by most, started as an officer walking the Timothy Dwight, Silliman and lower Hillhouse Avenue beat. “Back then in the early...

Fall Public Safety Update

August 29, 2016

To the Yale Community:

On behalf of the men and women of the Yale Police Department (YPD), I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer. And as the fall semester begins, I would like to offer some tips on how to stay safe across the campus and the surrounding community.

Located in...

Governor Malloy Announces Launch of CT Emergency Alert Mobile App

August 9, 2016
CT Prepares Mobile App Provides Residents with Emergency Alerts and other Useful Resources

Hartford, CT – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the launch of a new emergency preparedness mobile application for Connecticut residents that provides information and alerts in...

Yale Police Honor Guard Takes 1st and 2nd Place Wins

May 9, 2016

Congratulations to the YPD Honor Guard who placed 1 st and 2 nd at two recent events. In March, they took first place for Best Police Honor Guard in the 2 016 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The Knights of St. Patrick hosted a dinner to honor the winners. During the evening,...

Blood Drive April 13th Sponsored by YPD SWAT Team & Yale NROTC Undergraduate Association

March 21, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13th from 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. the Yale University Police (YPD) SWAT Team in cooperation with Yale Navy ROTC Undergraduate Association will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at YPD Headquarters, 101 Ashmun Street in the rear of the building. The American Red Cross...

YPD Welcomes New Director of Compliance & Strategic Initiatives

March 14, 2016

The Yale Police Department is proud to welcome Lisa Skelly-Byrnes to our ranks. Lisa starts today as our Director of Compliance and Strategic Initiatives reporting directly to Chief Ronnell Higgins.

In this new public safety role, she will be responsible for developing, managing and...

Two Yale PD Dispatchers Celebrate Milestones

February 26, 2016

Congratulations to Yale Police Department Dispatchers Anthony Notarino & Michael Granucci who recently celebrated milestones at Yale. Anthony has 20 years of service with Yale and Michael has 10 years of service. They took a very fast break to get their photo taken proudly holding their...

Two YPD Officers Receive MADD Awards

June 22, 2015
Every year since 1986, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has held an annual Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony. This year, two Yale University Police (YPD) Officers , Sergei Orshansky and Leo Otero, received awards for their DUI enforcement...

Yale Police Host A Bike Rodeo for Kids

June 9, 2015

In celebration of Bike Month, the Yale University Police Department (YPD) in partnership with Connecticut Safe Kids and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center held its first Bike Rodeo for Kids. Children ages 6 to 12 from the New Haven and Yale communities were invited to learn about bike safety...

First Annual Bike Rodeo at the Yale Police Department

May 1, 2015

The Yale University Police Department (YPD) along with Safe Kids Connecticut and The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center will be holding its first Annual Bike Rodeo at the YPD headquarters, Sunday May 31st from 10 a.m. to Noon.

This free event will take place in in the rear of the Yale...

Public Safety Message from Chief Ronnell Higgins

April 22, 2015

To the Yale Community:

As the weather improves and more of us are out and about on campus and the city, it is a good time to remember some actions that you can take to help reduce crime.

Overall, 2015 crime on and near campus continues trending down. However, recently a number of...

Yale Security Officer Wins Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force Contest

March 19, 2015

Big congratulations to Security Officer Eric Traester the grand prize winner in Yale’s Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force Contest.

The Presidential Task Force held two contests in January as a means of engaging the Yale community in identifying energy-saving opportunities on...

YPD Officer Receives Life Saving Medal

March 3, 2015

Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins is proud to announce that Officer Dan Sentementes was issued the Life Saving Medal for reviving an unconscious man during an evening call March 2nd.

After responding to the report of a man down near York and Crown Streets, Officer Sentementes arrived to...

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - January 9th

January 9, 2015
Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. For all the men and women who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe! Read a message from Chief Higgins and proclamation from Governor Dannel Malloy

Public Safety Message from Chief Ronnell Higgins

January 5, 2015

To the Yale Community:

As we begin a new semester, I write to remind you of some steps you can take to help prevent crime and to support the efforts of the police. The city of New Haven reported reductions in all crime categories in 2014. Read about that...

New Haven Community Can Now Sign Up for Yale Alerts

December 1, 2014

Effective immediately, Yale contractors, visitors, neighbors and members of the New Haven community can now sign up to receive Yale Alerts. The need for this service became very apparent during the events of November 25th. The process is simple, follow the link below, set up an account, and you...

Help the Officers of YPD Fill a Cruiser With Toys for the New Haven Community

November 21, 2014

New Haven, Conn. – Help the Officers of Yale University Police Department (YPD) fill a cruiser with toys this holiday season. Bring an unwrapped toy (appropriate for children between the ages of 5 and 12) to the locations listed below, meet the friendly officers of YPD and get...

Public Safety Message from Chief Ronnell Higgins

November 21, 2014

To the Yale Community:

On behalf of the men and women of the Yale Police Department, I write to share a few useful steps you can take to prevent crime, stay safe, and support the efforts of the Yale and New Haven Police departments. I am pleased to report that violent crime continues a...

Abbey Road’ at Yale: Promoting Pedestrian Safety

September 12, 2014

Yale’s Office of Environmental Heath & Safety ( EHS ) wants you to follow the lead of the Beatles when you cross the streets around campus. The Fab Four were photographed in a crosswalk on Abbey...

Yale’s bike officers: ambassadors on two wheels

September 2, 2014

There are many advantages to the Yale Police Department’s bicycle unit — not the least of which is the interaction the officers can have with members of the community....