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.

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...

Yale Police Department participates in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training

September 9, 2020

The Yale Police Department (YPD) is committed to ensuring that all its officers are highly trained in crisis intervention. Recently, several YPD officers participated in the virtual 2020...

New Public Safety Patch

September 9, 2020

In early May, Yale Security unveiled their new patch (shown above left next to the old patch). The new patch reflects Security’s organizational affiliation within the Yale Public Safety umbrella. Yale’s standard logo is positioned at the top of the cloth patch–white against a Yale-blue...

Stress and coping - Tips and warning signs

August 18, 2020

It is truly an understatement to say that these are unprecedented and stressful times that we all are living in. Between COVID-19, the economic fall-out due to social distance requirements, anxiety about re-opening and returning to work, and the recent protests and social unrest, where can we...

Yale Central ID Center open by appointment

August 5, 2020

Beginning Monday, August 3, 2020, the Central ID Center will be open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by appointment only. This is being done to maintain social distancing. The Medical School ID Center will remain closed. Please...

Investment money management opportunities offered by TIAA and the University

July 10, 2020

Below is a list of investment and money management opportunities offered by TIAA and the University.

Social Security strategies for married couples Married couples can take advantage of some strategies that may help to increase lifetime Social Security benefits. You...

Coming soon: Transition from MyTime to MyTime Lite

June 11, 2020

This summer, most managerial and professional and clerical and technical staff, as well as faculty managers who are time card approvers, will transition to using MyTime Lite for time entry and approval. This supports Yale’s efforts to better secure our computing environment by reducing...

ID centers and buildings prepare to reopen

June 10, 2020

As the University begins phase one of reopening the campus, Yale’s ID Centers are planning to reopen during phases two and three. Over the past several months, both Yale ID Centers were closed due to the pandemic. During that time, the Public Safety Systems and Services staff continued to issue...

LiveSafe – Like a blue phone in your pocket

June 10, 2020

Five years ago, Yale Public Safety introduced the LiveSafe app to the campus community. During that time, over 16,000 Yale and New Haven community members have downloaded the app–turning their phones into mini safety devices. LiveSafe gives students, staff, and faculty on campus an...

COVID-19 - Resources

April 15, 2020

Facilities staff are encouraged to review workplace guidance and other university resources listed below:

COVID-19 HR workplace guidance...

Photo Memories of Sergeant Earnest Klotsche

April 6, 2020

I want to extend our condolences to the family of Sergeant Earnest (“Skip”) Klotsche who passed away this weekend. Sergeant Klotsche was a wonderful supervisor, and even more, Skip was a friend to many of us. The Klotsche family shared photos of Skip as a father, grandfather, and friend. Please...

Yale Security seeks CALEA accreditation for the first time

March 11, 2020

At the beginning of the year, Yale Security started working towards its first official CALEA * (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accreditation. Attaining this accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to...

Yale Security Week 2020

February 20, 2020
Attend a Yale Security Week Session (March 16 - 20, 2020)

Yale Security Week is a series of presentations, tours, trainings and conversations highlighting safety, security and other topics of interest. This year we are offering approximately 50 different sessions and have invited experts from...

Safety Orientations – Educating the Yale Community

February 13, 2020

Throughout the year, Yale Police and Security meet with staff, faculty, and students to discuss safety tips and available security services . These include the LiveSafe App, lockout services, blue light...

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...

Yale Public Safety adding nine new bikes to its security fleet.

September 16, 2019

Yale Public Safety recently partnered with Zane Cycles in Branford to purchase nine new patrol bicycles including one electric-assist bike. All are black, Trek mountain bikes, with four especially fitted out for our instructors. The trainer bikes need to handle extra use and pounding, including...

Training for new security officers

September 5, 2019

In early August, three new security officers, Rubi Dorantes, Joshua Johnson and Kayla Rodriguez, began their eight week training program.

The first three days consisted of IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association) bicycle training lead by Yale Security Manager Thomas Madera...

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...

Officer Michael Claxton honored

August 15, 2019

Yale Police Officer Michael Claxton was recently honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) for his outstanding work in the community.

The CFF’s Finest is an event honoring New Haven’s outstanding professionals. This event gathers honorees who show exemplary leadership, are...

Staff Spotlight - David Boyd, director, Strategic Planning, Yale Public Safety

August 15, 2019

A valued member of the Yale community for over two decades, David Boyd keeps things moving forward in Public Safety with his vision, boundless energy, and passion for making a difference.

David began his career at Yale in the Development Office as programmer and analyst. Now, director of...

Yale Public Safety welcomes students back to campus

August 15, 2019

It is important that Yale students, staff, and faculty are actively aware of what is happening in their community. Yale Public Safety staff, including Chief Higgins, conduct mandatory student orientations for incoming first-year students and new graduate and professional students every August...

Yale Security participates in 2019 Annual Preparedness Drill

June 25, 2019

On Thursday, June 20, Yale Security participated in the 2019 Annual Preparedness Drill at the Yale University Health Center. The drill focused on response to an influx of patients. Yale Security personnel Judith Rivera, John Suarez, Dino Vece, Terence White and Thomas Anderson participated,...

Staff Spotlight - Officer James "Jimmy" Williams

June 25, 2019

Officer James “Jimmy” Williams celebrated a huge milestone this year with the Yale University Police Department—35 years of service. Jimmy is one of many in his family to answer a calling to public service. His father, Frederick J. Williams served as a New Haven Police Department captain for 35...

YPD partners with Youth Link for Youth and Police Initiative

June 25, 2019

In early May, Yale University Police officers and the Yale Community Engagement team partnered with Youth Link and the North American Family Institute (NAFI) prevention division to take part in the Youth and Police Initiative.

The program brings at-risk youth together with local beat...