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Transparency and Accountability
The Yale Police Department is committed to being fully transparent with the University community. In an effort to continuously improve and ensure accountability, we have developed teams and committees, established outreach programs, enhanced our social media channels, and implemented additional officer trainings. We also provide ways for members of the community to submit feedback and recognize our officers.
Teams and Committees
Community Engagement Team
The Community Engagement Team (CET) was developed to foster trust between Yale Police and its community. Under the leadership of Chief Ronnell Higgins, the team includes select officers who engage with student groups, residential colleges, the athletics department, New Haven communities, and others to understand and address campus needs and concerns. The Community Engagement Team works collaboratively with community members to address issues and concerns.
CET officers are not actively on patrol—their primary responsibility is to identify ways to improve the lives of Yale students, faculty, and staff.
Yale Advisory Committee on Community Policing
The Advisory Committee on Community Policing has as its primary objective to plan, creatively problem-solve, and actively engage in innovative strategies promoting public safety and a sense of belonging and mutual understanding between police and the campus community. This Committee has been established to identify, assess, and propose specific recommendations that will contribute to the professional operations and practices of policing at Yale.
- Janet Lindner – Committee Chair
- Faculty: Nancy Angoff, Tracey Meares, Stephen Pitti
- Staff: Ronnell Higgins, Darin Latimore, Duane Lovello, Deb Stanley-McAulay
- Students: Evan Gordon, Hannah Ingber, Sam Kuhn, Lucy Liu, Nina Todd
- New Haven community partner: Albert Lucas
Community Outreach and Awareness
The Yale Police Department (YPD) participates in community events on Yale’s campus, in New Haven, and at other locations with fellow law enforcement agencies, including:
- Future Law Enforcement Academy (FLEYA)
- New Haven Police Department Police Activity League (NHPD PAL) Summer Camp
- Channel 3 Kids Summer Camp
- Tour da Force Bike Ride
- Halloween/Prospect Street
- Veterans Day YPD Honor Guard
- Citizens’ Police Academy
- YPD Blood Drive
- Mother’s Day outreach
- Battle of the Badges
- Annual Chili Cookoff for Toys for Tots
- Turkey Dinner Food Drive
- Heroes’ Day at the Bowl
- New Reach Community Outreach Center Diaper Drive
It is important that Yale students, staff and faculty are actively aware of what is happening in their community. Yale Public Safety staff, including Chief Higgins, conduct mandatory student orientations for incoming first-year students and new graduate and professional students. These presentations highlight the Yale Police Department’s inclusive policing approach and will explain the role of police on campus.
A revised public-safety video, explaining our role and describing how officers work with the community to ensure a safe campus, will be shared with new students this fall.
New Haven Police Community Partnership
Select members of Yale Police have been assigned to partner with the New Haven Police Department and participate in regularly scheduled community management team meetings in neighborhoods bordering Yale. The local Community Management Team (CMT) meetings are held once a month in each of New Haven’s police districts to provide a forum for city representatives, businesses, and residents to share information and address neighborhood issues. For more information visit the Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven Community Meetings page.
In addition to our existing training and professional standards, the Yale Police Department has added programs to enhance mandatory implicit-bias and de-escalation training for officers. These include role-playing exercises that garner an understanding of all perspectives in any given police interaction.
Feedback and Recognition
Yale Public Safety strives for excellence in the delivery of services; therefore, your feedback is important to us. Please contact our department to submit comments, suggestions, and/or concerns. We place tremendous value on the input provided by members of the Yale and New Haven community. Your assistance in helping us enrich our services is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
To recognize our officers for commendable acts, we have created an online commendation form. We encourage members of our community to submit information about a commendable action by one of our officers or associates, so that we can properly recognize their actions.