Overview of the Yale Police Department

The Yale Police Department has 93 sworn police officers with full powers of law enforcement and arrest. Our officers are armed and patrol the campus on foot, by motorcycles, on mountain bikes, and in cars equipped with computers and radio communications systems. If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by a Yale student, the police may also refer the individual to the Yale College Dean’s Office or other academic officials. Yale Police personnel work closely with local, state, and federal police agencies, including the FBI, Secret Service, and Department of Justice, on campus events, regional law enforcement matters, training, and significant investigations concerning the campus community.

Our Values

Our organization is bound together by core values and principles that we all share. Those values form the ethical basis for our decision-making. As individuals and as an organization, we subscribe to these values:

  • Integrity: Basing our decisions on what is legally and ethically right, safeguarding the legal rights, privileges, and dignity of all people.
  • Trust: Maintaining the highest level of trust and honesty with those we serve by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance.
  • Commitment: Exhibiting the spirit of determination and dedication that leads to professionalism and the achievement of excellence in every endeavor.
  • Courage: Sustaining the mental, moral, and physical strength necessary to carry us through the challenges of policing.

Professional Standards

The Yale University Police Department takes very seriously its obligation to investigate all allegations of police misconduct and will take appropriate action when warranted. The process for reporting any complaint against any member of the department is simple and straightforward. Community members should contact Police Communications at 203-432-4400 and request to see a supervisory officer. A supervisor will respond and take the initial complaint, which most often can be resolved expeditiously at that level. Should any complaint require additional investigation, the matter will be referred to the Office of the Chief, which will assign the matter for investigation.

Filing a Civilian Complaint (PDF)

Partnership with the Community

The Yale University Police Department takes great pride in being part of the greater New Haven community. Our commitment to maintaining this relationship is best exemplified in our mission statement:

“Building on a century of service and achievement, we are dedicated to reducing and preventing crime and serving our community in partnership with the City of New Haven.”

Every day, members of the Yale University Police Department perform commendable acts that go by without notice. In an effort to recognize those employees, we have created an online commendation form. We encourage members of our community to spend a few minutes and submit information about a commendable action by one of our police officers or associates so we can properly recognize their actions.