Inside Public Safety

Welcome to Inside Public Safety

Ronnell Higgins, Vice President for Public Safety and Community Engagement

Inside Public Safety is a monthly newsletter to share department news, upcoming events, community engagement, training opportunities, and more. We hope you find the content interesting and relevant.

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.


Cultural Properties protect Yale’s priceless artwork and artifacts

April 14, 2021

There is a little-known space on campus that houses a small staff, a massive security system, and many large computer monitors. In this windowless room sits the Cultural Properties Alarm Monitoring Station (CPAMS). Part of Yale Public Safety, this station and its team provide 24-hour monitoring...

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. ,...

TrackTik – new incident management software debuts

March 11, 2021

Yale Public Safety recently rolled out a new incident management system, TrackTik, used by the Central Alarm Station (CAS) team. The new software allows dispatchers to compile, store data, run reports, and send job workflows to security officers out in the field equipped with smart phones. Also...

Community-building panel prompts collaborative conversation.

March 11, 2021

Last month, Yale’s affinity groups hosted a community-building panel discussion with Yale and New Haven law enforcement leaders, including Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, Assistant Chief Anthony Campbell, and New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes. The conversation took place over Zoom...

Health and wellness tips

February 12, 2021

Achieving wellness goals is challenging, but Yale Signature Benefits make it easier. Get referrals for gyms, nutrition programs, preventative care, and more.

In addition, the Yale Police Department is proud to offer employee...

Heidi delivers Valentine's Day love and happiness

February 12, 2021
February can be a dreary month. So Heidi, the Yale Police Department’s (YPD) service dog, spent a few days spreading some love and happiness around campus. YPD Officer Richie Simons, her handler, came up with the idea of delivering, in person, Valentine’s cards to staff members.


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...

Update on Kevin Jiang's murder

February 9, 2021

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, Kevin Jiang, a graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment, was shot and killed in New Haven. The New Haven Chief of Police Otoniel Reyes recently informed the public that Kevin might have been targeted. This incident highlights broader concerns about...

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...

Top Ten New Year's safety resolutions

January 4, 2021

Start the New Year off right, keep yourself and your belongings safe. Practice these ten easy-to-remember safety resolutions.

Pedistrian Safety - Don’t walk distracted (e.g. walking with headphones, texting and walking), look both ways before you cross or cross at the...

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...

How to prepare for an emergency – Virtual training now offered

December 10, 2020

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. Now that many in the Yale community are working from home offices,...

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...

Share your favorite recipe in the Winter Recipe Roundup!

December 4, 2020

Special thanks to the almost 90 Yale staff, faculty and graduate students who submitted recipes. The winners will be announced in January 2021 on the It’s Your Yale homepage. At that time, a link will be published for the Yale Community to access or download the...

YPD assigns the right resources to public safety needs

November 20, 2020

Historically, the effectiveness of a police agency was measured in terms of response time. How quickly after a call is received that a patrol unit and officer(s) arrive at the complainant’s location. The theory being that citizen satisfaction was predicated on a rapid response.


Yale Security sporting new uniforms

November 12, 2020

Since 2012, Yale Security Officers were easily identified by their high visibility greenish, yellow polo shirts. The idea behind that more traditional uniform was that security officers would be seen from a distance, and if someone needed assistance, they’d know who to approach for help....