Duane Lovello currently serves as Yale’s first Deputy Director of Public Safety and Community Engagement. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Community Engagement, Duane is tasked with driving comprehensive alignment and coordination of talent and resources – integrating efforts to improve processes and performance. He has responsibility for leading, planning, and implementing capital projects and improving alignment with Cultural Properties Security programs, systems, procedures, and staff development. Deputy Director Lovello will also ensure security continuity with West Campus and will strengthen collaboration in training, accreditation, professional standards, and labor relations across department units.
Duane began his career at Yale University in March of 2018 as Director of Security Operations. As Director of Security Operations, he oversaw a uniformed security team providing unarmed security 24/7 throughout the Yale main campus in New Haven as well as the Yale West Campus, a 130-acre campus located in West Haven and Orange, CT. In October of 2018 Duane was named Director of Security where he assumed additional responsibilities supervising the operations of the Central Alarm Station, Cultural Properties Monitoring and Dispatch, and Yale Transit Dispatch. He is currently tasked with coordinating the implementation of a new, P25-compliant trunked radio system for Public Safety recently approved by the University. Duane is also a project lead on planning a new, combined Security Operations Center as recommended in the 21CP consultant’s report. The proposed center will combine the current Central Alarm Station, Cultural Properties monitoring center, and the West Campus monitoring center into a single facility with greatly expanded monitoring capability. Adjacent to the proposed SOC is planned a new state-of-the-art emergency operations center and training classroom. In 2022, Yale Security became one of only seven unarmed campus security departments in the United States to receive CALEA Accreditation.
A native of Stamford, Duane served as chief of police in Darien, where he rose through the ranks. Duane holds a B.S. degree from the University of New Haven and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar and a graduate of the 215th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Duane served as the Chairman of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) and President of the Fairfield County Chiefs of Police Association. Duane also served as President of both the Darien Police Association and the Fairfield County Detectives Conference. In 2020, he was appointed chair of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Use of Force Sub-committee, tasked with developing a standardized use of force policy and training curriculum for the State of Connecticut. In 2021, Governor Ned Lamont appointed Duane to the Hate Crimes Advisory Council.