Public Safety News

Taste of Puerto Rico a Huge Success

February 21, 2018

The Taste of Puerto Rico held in November was a tremendous success raising over $3300 with about 450 people attending. All of the proceeds went to World Central Kitchen Initiative; this organization has kitchens setup in dozens of rural areas across Puerto Rico that feed...

Public Safety Systems & Public Safety IT Staff Recognized for Distinguished Service

January 22, 2018

Recently, Yale Public Safety Systems and Public Safety IT were recognized with a Linda K. Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service for work done on a community-wide security access system....

December Public Safety Advisory from Chief Higgins

December 13, 2017

To the Yale Community:

On behalf of the men and women in Public Safety, I write to share a few useful steps you can take this holiday season to prevent crime, stay safe and enhance the efforts of both the Yale and New Haven Police Departments. While crime overall is decreasing...

Join Us for the Taste of Puerto Rico November 16

November 9, 2017
Taste of Puerto Rico - Benefits Hurricane Victims Yale Public Safety (including Police and Security) is putting on a fundraiser featuring the foods of Latin America and music from DJ Max of Maximum Entertainment with 100% of the proceeds going to victims in Puerto Rico effected by...

Officer Joe Funaro Rides to Support Fallen Officers in the Tour de Force

September 25, 2017

Congratulations to Officer Joseph Funaro who rode in his second Tour de Force an annual multi-day bike ride that raises money for the families of fallen officers. Joe and his team East Coast Colfax fund raised over $84,000 and pedaled over 270 miles from Boston to New York City. Read the full...

Yale Police Department SWAT Team Holds Blood Drive September 21st

September 6, 2017

On Thursday, September 21st from 9 a.m. to 2:00 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 Save-A-Life buses setup in YPD’s...

Public Safety Announcement From Chief Ronnell Higgins

September 5, 2017

To the Yale Community:

On behalf of the men and women of the Yale Police Department, I write to wish you a great start of the semester, and to remind you how you can help keep the campus safe.

Like many universities, Yale is located in a city that provides exceptional...

Chief Higgins Announces Two Recent Promotions

July 12, 2017

Please join me in congratulating Captain Von Narcisse and Sergeant Thomas Nguyen-Phuoc on their recent promotions. Last week we had a small ceremony at YPD headquarters, it was attended by many YPD officers, Yale Security staff, family and friends. Read...

YPD & Yale Housing Hold a Bike Rodeo for Kids!

June 21, 2017
It was a day of fun, sun, and safety as members of the Yale Police Department (YPD) and Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) came together to teach the children of Yale Graduate Housing residents about bike safety. To read the full story, visit...

Yale PD Community Outreach & a Recent Retirement

June 1, 2017

The Yale Police Department continues its outreach to the local community many initiatied by our officers. Here are some recent programs the YPD has particpated in. We strive to protect our community as well as help those less fortunate and these are a few examples of that creed....

Yale Security News - Spring 2017 Issue

Catch up with our Yale Security personnel, milestones, staff engagement, systems updates and more.
May 2, 2017

Yale Security News is published four times a year. In this Spring Issue, read about personnel milestones, staff engagement, surprise visits, systems upgrades and more. Please...

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
Register Today!

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...