Ronnell Higgins

Chief of Yale Police & Director of Public Safety at Yale
Chief Ronnell A. Higgins

Chief Ronnell A. Higgins leads the Yale University Police Department, the nation’s oldest campus police department, established in 1894.  Chief Higgins has been instrumental in designing and implementing strategies to reduce crime at Yale to the lowest levels since the department began reporting UCR Crimes in 1 985. Chief Higgins’ broad background and understanding of the unique issues of an urban Ivy League campus have earned him a reputation for delivering solutions which produce outstanding results. In November, 2015 Chief Higgins was promoted to Director of Public Safety his duties were expanded to include Security Operations and Systems.

Chief Higgins has a BS in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Haven and he is a 2006 graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. He holds a certificate in Law Enforcement Education from the University of Virginia; he successfully completed the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) in 2010 and the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education Seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in  2011. In 2013, Chief Higgins was appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC) whose mission is to provide high quality basic, advanced and specialized training to Connecticut police officers. He was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee and recently served as President of the South Central Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association. Chief Higgins serves on the Executive Board for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives for Connecticut (NOBLE), and was named one of the state’s Top 100 influential African Americans by the Connecticut NAACP.   Chief Higgins was appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System by the Senate Majority Leader of the Connecticut General Assembly and is the recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award honoring Yale and New Haven community members whose service strengthens the ties of the university and its hometown.

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