Public Safety News from 05/2024

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 emergency situation...

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 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...

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...

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....

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...