Yale hosts Citizen’s Police and Public Safety Academy starting March 27

Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins posing in front of the university police department building.
Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins invites members of the Yale and New Haven community to attend the academy every Tuesday evening from March 27 through May 1. (Photo credit: Michael Marsland)

The Yale University Police Department (YPD) will host a Citizen's Police and Public Safety Academy beginning Tuesday, March 27.

Chief Ronnell Higgins of the YPD invites members of the Yale and New Haven community to attend the academy. The program provides an increased understanding and awareness of police and security 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 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 27–May 1. 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 community. Space is limited; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

What former academy graduates have to say about it:

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 and information is available at the It’s Your Yale website, or by contacting YPD Lieutenant Jay Jones at 203-432-4402 or jay.jones@yale.edu with any questions.

Media Contact

Jay Jones: jay.jones@yale.edu, 203-432-4402