Program brings public behind the scenes at the Yale Police Department

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Chief Ronnell Higgins greets participants in the Citizen's Police Academy.

Members of the Yale and New Haven community can get an inside look at the workings of the Yale Police Department (YPD) by taking part in its annual Citizen’s Police Academy beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The academy gives participants an increased understanding and awareness of police operations and responsibilities, notes Chief Ronnell Higgins. Sessions will focus on investigative services (“CSI vs. Reality”), patrol procedures, personal safety, emergency preparedness, and firearms. Participants will meet Eli, the bomb detection dog, and tour the facility, where they will see firsthand its state-of- the-art communications equipment and other technology. In addition, the course incorporates classroom training and hands-on activities.

This six-week program is free of charge and runs every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2-Nov. 7. Classes are held at the Yale University Police Department at 101 Ashmun St.

Former academy graduates have this to say about the program: 

“All of the sessions contained a great mix of both interesting and educational information. I perceive the Police Department as a much friendlier place than I thought … and was very impressed with the high level of dedication and professionalism everyone there has.” 

“(The academy) was wonderful … a well-balanced, upbeat, fun experience … a gift to the community.”

Registration is required. Applicants must be 18 years of age and a member of the Yale and New Haven community. Registration is a two-step process. First, participants should fill out the application form and waiver on the Citizen’s Police Academy registration site. The YPD will contact each applicant to arrange for a criminal history check. Upon completion of the process, an email confirmation will be sent by YPD verifying placement in the academy.

The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 24. Space is limited; participation is on a first-come first-served basis.

Those with questions should contact Lieutenant Von Narcisse at 203-432-432-4402 or von.narcisse@yale.edu. For more information, visit the Public Safety website.

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