To the Yale Community:
I write to discuss the safety and security of our campus and its hometown as the new academic year begins.
Since 1997, I have worked at Yale and I have lived my entire
adult life in New Haven. My father is a retired New Haven police
lieutenant and my wife served until recently as a NHPD sergeant. We live
in town and our children attend the public schools. I have seen
first-hand the progress of New Haven during the last two decades.
This summer, more than 60,000 people came to campus for
programs and conferences, alumni reunions, and tours from the Visitor
Center and Admissions Office. Many of the returning alumni who had not
been back for a while expressed delight in the renovations on campus
and the advances on Chapel Street, Broadway and adjacent neighborhoods.
Like many other universities, we are located in an urban
setting with similar challenges and opportunities. Thanks to the
determined efforts of public safety professionals and the entire Yale
community, crime on campus in 2010 was the lowest it has been in 20
years. Campus statistics for 2011 show a continued positive trend.
Crime throughout New Haven is also much lower than twenty years ago –
down 56% from 1990 to 2010. The U.S. Census shows New Haven had the
largest population growth of any place over 100,000 in New England in
the last decade and Bloomberg.com reports New Haven has the nation’s
second highest apartment occupancy rate, topped only by New York City.
You should be aware that there have been dubious statistical
“rankings” circulating about the crime rates in New Haven relative to
other cities. One claim this summer received much play in the media,
even though it is not a valid comparison. DataHaven, a community
nonprofit dedicated to quality public information, analyzed that “most
dangerous” claim and stated: “Contrary to many reports, this is not an
FBI ranking and it is not accurate.” You can read their full discussion
by clicking here.
The University’s commitment to maintaining safety can be seen
in the daily work of our 87 uniformed police officers, 90 uniformed
security officers, an extensive system of “blue light” emergency
phones, and the free door-to-door safe rides that Yale provides at
night, in addition to the fixed routed shuttles throughout the day.
Yale has launched a new safety service, Bulldog Mobile, that allows
Yale Police dispatchers to identify your GPS coordinates when you call
from a cell phone that you have registered with the program. You can
read more about the full array of Yale’s public safety services by clicking here and find specific information about and register for Bulldog Mobile by clicking here.
You will continue to hear from me with information about
incidents and about new public safety initiatives. As you read these
messages, keep in mind that we need you to make good choices about your
own safety, to refrain from walking alone at night, and to take
advantage of our many support programs.
My colleagues in the Yale Police and I look forward to
continuing our work with you in this new academic year to keep the Yale
campus a great place to live, work and learn.
Chief University Police
Yale University Public Safety: http://publicsafety.yale.edu/
Bulldog Mobile: http://publicsafety.yale.edu/bulldog-mobile