Fall Citizen’s Police Academy to be hosted by Yale University Police Department

Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins invites members of the Yale and New Haven community to attend the Citizen’s Police Academy, to be held Oct. 6-Nov. 17.

The academy provides an increased understanding and awareness of police operations and responsibilities including: investigative services (CSI vs. Reality): patrol procedures; personal safety; Whitney, the bomb detection dog; a tour of the facility; state-of-the-art communications/technology; emergency preparedness; and firearms. In addition, the course incorporates classroom training and hands-on activities.

This six-week program is free of charge and runs every Tuesday 6-8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Yale University Police Department at 101 Ashmun St. Registration is required. Applicants must be 18 years of age and a member of the Yale or New Haven communities. Space is limited; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Former academy graduates have offered these comments about their experience in the YPD Citizen’s Police Academy:

“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.”

“We have an amazing police force, dedicated to public service.”

“What a wonderful experience the Citizen’s Police Academy was. I would recommend it to anyone! The Yale police are doing an amazing job out there and it was fun learning and seeing what goes on behind the scenes and getting to know a lot of people who work in the department.”

Registration is a two-step process:

 1. Initial registration is online.

2. Once registered, 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.

Contact YPD Lieutenant Jay Jones at 203-432-4402 or [email protected] with any questions. For more information, visit the website and look under “News & Events.” 

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