Public Safety News

What to do right away if you're a victim of identity theft

January 31, 2022

If you are the victim of identity theft, follow these steps immediately.

Step 1: Call the companies where you know the fraud occurred: Call the fraud department. Explain that someone stole your identity. Ask them to close or freeze the accounts. Then, no one can add new charges unless you...

Yale Police Patrol Unit – Doing good works

January 31, 2022

Last fall, the Yale Police Department (YPD) received a call about a homeless man sleeping under a dormitory room window outside of Jonathan Edwards College (JE). After evaluating the situation, the officers realized the man had mental health issues. They decided not to detain this individual but...

Yale Public Safety - Recent community events and drives

January 31, 2022

Over the holidays and into January, Yale Public Safety teamed up with several Yale groups and New Haven churches to help those in need. Efforts included several successful food and coat drives. Here is a snapshot of those local happenings.

Yale Police Department (YPD) members worked with...

Yale Security CALEA accreditation in the home stretch

January 28, 2022

Yale Security started working towards its first CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accreditation almost two years ago. Attaining this accreditation shows objective evidence of an organization’s commitment...

Yale Security - Community feedback encouraged during assessment project

December 8, 2021

Dear Yale students, staff, and faculty,

On Monday, December 13, 2021, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will virtually exam all aspects of the Yale University Security Department. This assessment is part of the...

First Annual Stuff-A-Cruiser feeds the hungry

November 30, 2021

Just before Thanksgiving, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen got a visit from the Yale Police Dept. Yale Police Officer Gregory Swiantek stopped by with a police vehicle stuffed to the brim with hundreds of cans and boxes of non-perishable food. All this bounty was the result of the successful...

Honoring members of Yale Public Safety who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces

November 30, 2021

On behalf of Chief Ronnell Higgins and the entire Yale Public Safety community, we salute and thank department veterans who are currently serving, have served, or are allies of those in the US Armed Forces. We also salute and thank all their family members who are also serving or have served....

Other Community Events and Drives – Food, clothing, toys, and more

November 30, 2021

Yale Public Safety teamed with many groups throughout the fall on several different community events; here is a wrap-up of those happenings.

Donations benefiting Afghan families

Yale Public safety partnered with Yale’s Affinity Groups, Yale Library Staff Association, and more for a...

Community policing - Pizza, patience, and understanding

November 30, 2021

Yale Public Safety prides itself on improving communication and outreach with the Yale and New Haven communities. As a result, many programs are in place by design, while some encounters happen organically.

In June, there were reports of adolescents riding bicycles around New Haven,...

Yale Public Safety supports Breast Cancer Awareness events

October 29, 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and members of Yale Public Safety are supporting several events. This includes a local race, an awareness giveaway, and donning pink patches.


Third Annual Cops and Ballers tournament a success

October 29, 2021

The Cops and Ballers tournament is an annual afternoon-long series of three-on-three basketball games. These games feature city police officers playing side-by-side with some of New Haven’s most talented young athletes. The tournament began three years ago as a way to bridge the gap...

Chief Ronnell Higgins honored by Connecticut Chapter of the NAACP

October 29, 2021

Ronnell Higgins, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Yale Police, leads by example, and his values and a deep sense of ethics are seen in everything he does. Recently, he was honored by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as one...

Heidi and Officer Simons honored at New York Giants Game

October 29, 2021

Yale Police Service dog Heidi and her handler Officer Richard Simons were honored at Sunday’s New York Giants (NY Giants) game .

A graduate of Puppies Behind Bars (PBB...

Donations needed for annual Turkey Drive

October 29, 2021

The Yale Police Department, along with the City of New Haven’s Youth and Recreation Department (YARD) and other local community partners, are hoping to feed many this Thanksgiving holiday. Last year over 700 turkeys and trimmings were distributed to almost 2,400 people in the local...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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.


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...