Public Safety News

Captain Von Narcisse publishes his first children’s book

September 20, 2021

Yale Police Captain Von Narcisse is now a published author. What started back in 2012 as a story told to his family during Hurricane Sandy is now a children’s book. The Forgotten Prophecy is...

PAL Camp 2021 — Fun for all

September 20, 2021

Each summer, several Yale Police Officers participate in the Police Activities League (PAL) Kids Camp. During July, the day camp provides local children ages 8 to 11 with educational, athletic, and just plain fun programs. Officers Elizabeth “Liz” Vaccino and Michael Claxton were assigned to...

Backpack and school supply drive a success

September 17, 2021

The Yale Police Department (YPD) helped sponsor a recent backpack and school supply drive. During the outdoor event organized by the volunteer group Women of the Village, over 100 stuffed backpacks were given to local children. Families were able to enjoy some ice cream, and the kids got their...

Cultural competence training conducted for all Yale security officers

August 19, 2021

Cultural competence training was recently held as part of an overall goal to improve interactions between Yale Public Safety officers and the community. Over six days, all Yale security officers attended a four-hour workshop entitled “Cultural Competence and Empathy” lead by Lorenzo Boyd, Ph.D....

Summer community events

August 2, 2021

It has been a busy summer packed with community events hosted or attended by Yale Public Safety. One such event included the Police Activities League (PAL) Camp Fun Day that featured inflatables, ice cream, and face painting. The PAL program provides educational and athletic programs for...

Thank you program continues to bring smiles

August 2, 2021

A small program initially started to thank Yale Hospitality staff has grown. This past month Yale custodians were the most recent recipients of an in-person surprise thank you visit from members of the Yale Police Department (YPD) that included gifts of chocolate! In late spring, YPD Officer...

Honoring local moms

June 4, 2021

Last month, hundreds of local women were given flowers, gift bags, and baskets to celebrate Mother’s Day. The Yale Police Department (YPD) partnered with several Yale and New Haven Community groups to collect, pack, and deliver these items to mothers living in shelters and elderly housing...

Yale Hospitality Staff thanked with cheers and chocolate

June 4, 2021

It’s nice to be recognized. Recently, members of the Yale Police Department (YPD) did just that by visiting all 14 residential college dining halls to thank their staff. Yale Police Officer Greg Swiantek coordinated a program to celebrate and thank all of Yale’s essential Hospitality staff who...

Community outreach - Easter packages for local children and families

May 4, 2021

Much joy was spread throughout New Haven last month. The Yale Police Department’s Community Outreach Officer Martha Cendeno-Ross partnered with the Women of the Village food pantry on two events. These included deliveries of Easter packages and dinners to local children and families.

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LiveSafe App evolves into a community engagement tool

April 13, 2021

Six years ago, Yale Public Safety introduced the LiveSafe app to the campus community. Almost 20,000 Yale and New Haven community members have downloaded the app since then, turning their phones into mini safety devices. At the touch of a finger on a mobile device, you can call the Yale Police...

Tough and tender officer saves homeless and distressed animals

April 13, 2021

Tristan Kiekel is a modern-day Wonder Woman – part cop, part kind and giving human being. During her 13 years as a Yale Police Officer, she has been involved in many criminal investigations and stressful situations while on duty. But policing is not all about crime; it’s also about being...

Heidi turns 2!

April 6, 2021

Heidi, the Yale Police Department’s (YPD) service dog, turned two on Thursday, April 1! A small party held at the YPD was organized by her handler Officer Richie Simons and included balloons, vegan treats, and lots of playtime. Attendees included several YPD detectives and officers with a...

Mother's Day Community Outreach 2021

March 31, 2021

In honor of Mother’s Day, several Yale and New Haven Community groups are collecting new toiletries for local mothers in need. These items will benefit mothers through these programs: New Reach, Inc. ,...

Public Safety partnering with Yale College on new response model

February 10, 2021

In the fall of 2020, Yale Public Safety made some procedural changes and piloted a differential response method ....

Yale Police Department co-sponsors two coat drives

February 10, 2021

In December, the Yale Police Department (YPD) helped co-sponsor a coat drive with the Dixwell Community Management Team (DCMT). Over 375 new coats, gloves, hats, and books were donated. Those items were distributed to...

Yale Public Safety partners with the New Haven Hiring Initiative

January 19, 2021

Yale Public Safety continues to make it a priority to hire individuals from the New Haven community whenever possible. In the past few years, they have teamed up with the New Haven Hiring Initiative (NHHI) with great success. When the NHHI hears about opportunities within the department, they...

Canine Officer Whitney enjoying retirement

January 15, 2021

Meet Whitney, a beautiful black Labrador Retriever who served as a Yale Police Department (YPD) explosive-detection dog for almost seven years. Whitney, who retired from the department in May, was the department’s second explosive-detection canine. During her career, Whitney worked with...

New Carl Moller Scholarship Program announced

January 4, 2021

The Yale Police Department is accepting applications for the new Carl Moller Scholarship Program. Any Connecticut high school student interested in a Law Enforcement career can apply. Five $1,000 scholarships...

Turkey Drive feeds many

December 4, 2020

Last month, the Yale Police Department (YPD) held its fifth annual Turkey Drive. This successful event, spearheaded by Officer Martha Ross, provided turkeys and dinners for local families. Volunteers helped to fundraise money and collect donations that included almost 700 turkeys with all the...

NHPD and YPD support local food pantry

November 6, 2020

During the pandemic, many non-profit organizations have had to adjust. For Women of the Village, a local food pantry, it’s only gotten busier. They work out of the New Haven Police Department’s substation located at 26 Charles Street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are now only...

Meet Heidi - New Yale Police Department service dog

October 22, 2020

The Yale Police Department (YPD) embraces community engagement. Service dogs can be a unique way to connect with the community. Dogs transcend cultures, religious beliefs, and political affiliation and are cute and cuddly. With a...

Transforming public safety and policing

October 20, 2020

The Yale Police Department (YPD) aspires to lead the way in transforming policing on college campuses. Work started on this last fall when we engaged a team of recognized experts on public safety, 21CP Solutions, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our campus police department. After...

Pink Patches for cancer awareness

October 15, 2020

This October, the Yale Police Department (YPD) will again participate in the Pink Patch Project. A public awareness campaign, the Pink Patch Project is designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support...

The power of kindness

October 9, 2020

Captain Von Narcisse has made it his life’s mission to help people. As a police officer, he’s helped hundreds of people over his 22-year career. Two years ago, driving into work, he didn’t hesitate to assist when he came upon a bad car accident on Interstate 95. He found out later that the woman...

Lonely no longer – Officer Tristan Kiekel helps Yale Alum

November 13, 2019

Charlie Johnston needed help and Yale Police Officer Tristan Kiekel stepped in to assist. Tristan met Charlie about 3 years ago, he lives locally and is a Yale Alum–Jonathan Edwards (JE) class of 1964. Over the years, Tristan has helped walk his two dogs, shared pizza dinners, and checked...

Yale Police Department Turkey Drive - Make a difference

October 30, 2019

Help a family in need this Thanksgiving by contributing to or volunteering for the annual Yale Police Department (YPD) Turkey Drive. The YPD is accepting monetary donations now through November 15 to purchase turkeys and non-perishable foods. We are also seeking volunteers to pack food bags and...

Community Policing - Donuts, ice pops, kids camp, and more

August 15, 2019

The spring and summer have been a busy time for the Yale Police Department (YPD). In their ongoing efforts to be good neighbors and community partners, members of the YPD organized or supported many events, fundraisers, and donut runs in and around the Yale and New Haven areas. All this work has...

FLEYA - High Schoolers get taste of law enforcement training

August 15, 2019

Thirty high school students, from across the state, spent a week immersed in law enforcement training during the fourth annual FLEYA (Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy) event. Held at Yale University, with classes and training lead by FBI agents and members of the Yale Police Department, this...

Captain Von Narcisse presents at New Haven Academy

June 25, 2019

Yale Police Captain Von Narcisse was recently invited to join an interactive discussion with students of New Haven Academy. The discussion was part of the school’s “Senior Action Project” which tasks graduating students with addressing solutions to perceived community issues and presenting...

An egg-celent time had by all at Egg Hunt 2019

May 3, 2019

On Wednesday, April 17, the Yale Police Department hosted Egg Hunt 2019 at Old Campus. This adult egg hunt, which was open to all Yale students, staff, and faculty, featured over 100 prizes from more than 19 local vendors, including Crossfit, Campus Customs, Fussy Coffee, Milkcraft, just to name...