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Yale Police - Chief's Messages - Message Detail
To: All Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Chief Ronnell A. Higgins
Summary: Message from Chief Ronnell Higgins
Date: 25-AUG-2011 03:35:00 PMMessage ID: 68080


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.


Ronnell Higgins
Chief University Police
Referenced links:

DataHaven: http://www.ctdatahaven.org/blog/2011/06/public_safety_new_haven/

Yale University Public Safety: http://publicsafety.yale.edu/

Bulldog Mobile: http://publicsafety.yale.edu/bulldog-mobile