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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...

Everyone at Yale Feeling Safe

December 3, 2021

Recently, Chief Ronnel Higgins and Kimberly Goff-Crews, Secretary and Vice President for University Life sent the message below to the entire Yale community.

Dear Yale faculty, staff, and students,

Our Yale community is a diverse community. Talking to students...

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,...

Elect to receive your W-2 electronically

November 3, 2021

Take a moment to elect to receive your W-2 electronically if you did not already consent to do so last year. Beyond simplifying your personal tax filings, this method will ensure the following benefits:

Privacy & security : Fast and secure delivery, protecting your...

Possible follow-up action required for I-9 verification

November 3, 2021

Due to the pandemic, the United States Department of Homeland Security had permitted interim completion of I-9s remotely for individuals working remotely. However, the U.S. government now requires anyone who onboarded using remote verification to now complete the I-9 verification in person....

Yale Police Department - Recent promotions

October 29, 2021

On October 1, 2021, Chief Ronnell Higgins sent an email updating all Yale Public Safety staff on some recent Yale Police Department promotions.

To: Members of Yale Public Safety,

It gives me great pleasure to share some additional information regarding recent...

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...

How to prepare for an emergency – Virtual training now offered

October 14, 2021

Before the pandemic, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) worked with departments to develop workplace emergency plans. The plan included what the department needed to do if a winter storm, tornado, or power outage occurred.

Many members of the Yale community continue working from...

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...

Public Safety continuous improvement – Leveraging the right resources

August 20, 2021

Many companies use the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) method to improve the ways staff set and achieves goals. Yale Public Safety (YPS) recently piloted an OKR program looking at processes, workflows, and ways to make improvements yielding terrific results.

One of YPS’s...

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....

Staff movement - Promotions, retirements, and a few farewells

August 3, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The Department is pleased to announce the promotions and additional responsibilities for four Public Safety staff members. William “Bill” Goldbach is now Associate Director of Public Safety Systems and Tom Madera is the new Assistant Director of Security. In other good...

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...

Public Safety supports a non-traditional 2021 Commencement Weekend

June 17, 2021

This year’s commencement looked and felt different. Held over four days instead of three, smaller graduation events were carefully organized with an eye toward campus and public safety, as Yale, like the rest of the nation, slowly emerges from the pandemic. Each in-person event was limited to...

Yale Security welcomes three new managers

June 10, 2021

Join us in welcoming three new Yale Security Managers: Adrian Pate, Mark Shanahan, and Lucille Roach. Both Mark and Adrian were promoted from Security Field Training Officer (FTO) positions. Lucille is a recently retired New Haven Police Sergeant. All three are currently completing several weeks...

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...

Yale Public Safety All Hands meeting April 30, 2021

May 13, 2021

Ronnell Higgins, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Yale Police, hosted another Public Safety All Hands meeting on Friday, April 30, 2021 — it was broadcast live via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together the entire Yale Public Safety organization, including police, security...

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.