Public Safety

Emergencies can occur anywhere at any time. Emergency preparation matters. The Emergency Management team supports departments and units by creating Business Continuity Plans, Disaster Recovery Planning, Emergency Management Preparedness Training, Emergency Response Planning, and Special Events.

Public Safety is bound together by core values and principles that we all share. It is composed of three key units: the Yale Police Department, Yale Security Department, and Public Safety Systems and Services.

The Yale Police Department (YPD) has 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 Security Department serves as the eyes and ears of the YPD by patrolling buildings and parking facilities. Yale Security also manages the University security systems (CCTV cameras, ID card readers, intercoms and alarm systems), provides walking escorts and nighttime safe rides, runs theft deterrent programs, and provides lockout services.  

The Public Safety Systems and Services project management team handles administration and coordination of University Security systems (Access control, alarm systems, intercom, and video)—including installation, service, and monitoring. Security systems are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by highly trained professionals in the Yale University Security Central Alarm Station.