Public Safety News from 05/2021

Community-building panel prompts collaborative conversation.

March 11, 2021

Last month, Yale’s affinity groups hosted a community-building panel discussion with Yale and New Haven law enforcement leaders, including Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, Assistant Chief Anthony Campbell, and New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes. The conversation took place over Zoom...

Heidi delivers Valentine's Day love and happiness

February 12, 2021
February can be a dreary month. So Heidi, the Yale Police Department’s (YPD) service dog, spent a few days spreading some love and happiness around campus. YPD Officer Richie Simons, her handler, came up with the idea of delivering, in person, Valentine’s cards to staff members.


How to prepare for an emergency – Virtual training now offered

December 10, 2020

Before the pandemic, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) worked with departments to develop workplace emergency plans. The plan included what the department needed to do if a winter storm, tornado, or power outage occurred. Now that many in the Yale community are working from home offices,...

NHPD and YPD support local food pantry

November 6, 2020

During the pandemic, many non-profit organizations have had to adjust. For Women of the Village, a local food pantry, it’s only gotten busier. They work out of the New Haven Police Department’s substation located at 26 Charles Street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are now only...

Meet Heidi - New Yale Police Department service dog

October 22, 2020

The Yale Police Department (YPD) embraces community engagement. Service dogs can be a unique way to connect with the community. Dogs transcend cultures, religious beliefs, and political affiliation and are cute and cuddly. With a...

Transforming public safety and policing

October 20, 2020

The Yale Police Department (YPD) aspires to lead the way in transforming policing on college campuses. Work started on this last fall when we engaged a team of recognized experts on public safety, 21CP Solutions, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our campus police department. After...

Stress and coping - Tips and warning signs

August 18, 2020

It is truly an understatement to say that these are unprecedented and stressful times that we all are living in. Between COVID-19, the economic fall-out due to social distance requirements, anxiety about re-opening and returning to work, and the recent protests and social unrest, where can we...

Yale Public Safety staff receive Milestone Certifications

August 18, 2020

Yale University uses a video-camera system throughout campus as part of an overall security system managed and maintained by Yale Public Safety. That system is run with video software. Several Public Safety staff members are trained and certified on the Milestone Video Management Software system...

Self-care and Coping tips for traumatic events

August 12, 2020

Emotional distress can happen before and after traumatic event. Coping strategies include preparation, self-care, and identifying support systems.

People can experience a wide range of emotions before and after a disaster or traumatic event. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. However...

Officer Tristan Kiekel honored by Yale Class of '64

March 11, 2020

Yale’s Class of 1964 recently recognized Officer Tristan Kiekel for her community service, inviting her to an alumni dinner held in February at the New Haven Lawn Club. They also surprised Kiekel with a plaque commending her and making her an honorary member of their class.

Tristan has...

YPD & FBI announce fifth annual FLEYA

February 13, 2020

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) New Haven Field Office and the Yale University Police Department (YPD) are proud to announce the fifth annual Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA). This year’s program is scheduled for July 26, 2020 – August 1, 2020.

Since 2015, the YPD...

Community Outreach - Women in Law Enforcement

February 12, 2020

Recently, Yale Police Officer Martha Cedeno-Ross participated on a Women in Law Enforcement panel at Southern CT State University. She, along with members of the New Haven Police Department (NHPD), talked about their personal experiences as women police officers. Women in Law Enforcement Panel...

YPD – A year in review

February 12, 2020

Every January, Chief Ronnell Higgins gets his leadership team together for an offsite retreat. During this full-day event, the team recapped the past twelve months and set goals for the next year. This year, the event took place at Yale’s West Campus Conference Center and included the Yale...

Staff Spotlight - Kindra Graham, Security Manager, Yale Public Safety

January 15, 2020
Kindra Graham may be new to Yale, with just under a year of service, but she isn’t new to public safety. Kindra worked as a 911 dispatcher in Gainesville, Florida, and then as a security manager at Wesleyan University. Currently, she is a Security Shift Manager working evenings managing fifteen...

LiveSafe - What's next?

January 15, 2020

Yale Public Safety (YPS) began using the LiveSafe App in 2015. For 2020, YPS plans to enhance its capabilities. Recently, Chief Higgins and members of the YPS,...

YPD Turkey Drive feeds 1,400 people

December 11, 2019

Last month, the Yale Police Department (YPD) held its fourth annual Turkey Drive. The successful drive, spearheaded by Officers Martin Parker and Martha Ross, raised over $7,300. The money was used to buy over 300 turkeys with all the trimmings—cranberry sauce, gravy, yams, and more. Thanks to...

Public Safety climbs like never before

December 11, 2019

Several of Yale’s Security officers assigned to the Prospect Hill area are testing a new kind of bike. Recently, Yale Public Safety purchased a Trek Powerfly electric mountain bike. This model is an e-assist bike, meaning that the rider still pedals manually but has the option of activating one...

Historic Yale Bowl surveillance goes high tech

December 11, 2019

Built in 1914, the Bowl spans 12.5 acres and has had only a few structural alterations, with the last in 2006. That all changed recently with a major fiber optics upgrade at the site. Over the summer, new state-of-the-art cameras were installed and paired with ground-based radar technology....

Security training scheduled and instructors chosen

October 17, 2019

This fall Yale Security is holding ongoing training. Recently, several officers were selected to be Field Training Officers (FTO’s) and Program Instructors. Also several managers participated in training to support the new FTO’s.

New FTO Program Instructors:...

Consultant hired to assess YPD's overall standards and operations

October 16, 2019

In an effort to assess the overall standards at the Yale Police Department, a consulting firm 21CP Solutions has been hired to conduct a review of operations. Members of 21CP will conduct conversations regarding the Yale Police Department (YPD) and its relationship with the community it serves,...

Running for a cause – new YUPD Runners Club

October 16, 2019

Yale Police Officers Cody McGinnis and Nicholas Cotto like to run and fundraise for local causes. They recently combined those two passions creating the new Yale University Police Department (YUPD) Runners Club–taking what was once an informal group to the next level.

Club members...

Staff spotlight – Steven Woznyk, Assistant Police Chief, Yale University

October 16, 2019

Steven Woznyk’s job is to keep people safe. It’s a heavy responsibility, but he is always smiling, kind, and willing to help whenever needed.

As Assistant Police Chief at Yale, Steve is primarily responsible for overseeing the Investigative Services Unit, training and professional...

Ongoing Community outreach

October 15, 2019

In their ongoing efforts to be good neighbors and community partners, members of the Yale Police Department (YPD) recently organized and supported many events and fundraisers in and around the Yale and New Haven area.

Cops and Ballers Event

The third annual...

YPD holds two training classes for officers

September 17, 2019

In an ongoing effort to have a highly responsive and progressively trained force, Yale Public Safety offers yearly mandatory training.

Recently, 20 Yale police officers completed Kingian Nonviolence training. This is based on the teachings and philosophy of the late Dr. Martin Luther...

Staff Spotlight – Duane Lovello, director of security

September 16, 2019

Duane Lovello is always calm, extremely polite, and welcoming –no matter the situation. He often walks around campus interacting with his team and the Yale community while pinpointing any safety issues and possible improvements.

He and his team are responsible for managing all Yale...

Public Safety welcomes new and returning students back to campus

September 16, 2019

Summer is over and the students are back on campus. Our police and security officers have been busy welcoming new and returning students as they move in, say good bye to parents, and start the fall semester. Our team provides safety awareness briefings throughout the year – with most occurring...

Tom Madera gives back

September 16, 2019

Yale Public Safety values community policing and public outreach. Many of our police and security officers interact with members of the campus and New Haven communities on a regular basis. And just as many do volunteer work after hours. Tom Madera, security manager, is one of those individuals....

Hiking good for mental health and overall wellness

September 5, 2019

Hiking is becoming a popular way for people to destress and get exercise. Walking in rural areas, with beautiful landscapes, provides many health benefits. Therefore hiking is a great tool for wellness and mental health. This outdoor activity brings individuals closer to nature and helps to...

New Yale Security Officers participate in bike training

August 15, 2019

New Security Officers Dante Brown and Steven Ramos rolled around cones and over obstacles during a recent IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association) bike training exercise at West Campus. Putting them through the training drills were Yale Security Manager and IPMBA instructor Thomas...

Police Dispatch and Central ID Centers get makeover

August 15, 2019

The Yale Police Dispatch Center is now state of the art. A recent renovation included all new computer equipment, new consoles, an added station, new flooring, and seven large wall-mounted monitors. With this modern setup, the dispatchers have more flexibility, access to every camera around...