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Yale Police Department
The Yale Police Department (YPD) has 93 uniformed police officers who protect and serve the campus 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Yale’s police officers patrol the campus in SUVs, on motorcycles, bikes and on walking patrols. The Yale Police also provide advocacy and support for members of the community who have experienced a crime, and the department works to solve crimes through its investigative services and analysis units.
Yale Police is committed to being fully transparent with the University community. We continually improve our lines of communication with students, faculty, and staff and have developed community outreach and engagement programs, committees, and comprehensive officer training programs to ensure an accountable agency.
We also 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 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.
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.
History of the YPD
Established in 1894, the Yale Police Department is the oldest university police department in the country. The department’s origins date back to when two New Haven Police Department members, Bill Wiser and Jim Donnelly, volunteered to be exclusively assigned to the Yale campus. Read more about the history of the department.
A diverse police agency and inclusive environment increases transparency, promotes new ideas, performs at a higher level and enhances the agency’s ability to continue to serve the community in an increasingly complex, competitive and diverse world. The Yale Police Department has greater diversity then peer agencies within the south central Connecticut region. Yale Police believes that data is an important catalyst for change and indicator of progress.