To the Members of the Department,
I want to highlight some of the excellent work being done by Yale Police officers daily.
This past December, the university and the city saw an increase in package thefts which are now typical during the holiday season.
The proliferation of on-line shopping and deliveries during the holidays has become a challenge for police.
On December 27th, Officer Anthony Maresca was dispatched to the apartment building at 100 Howe Street, an address impacted by package thefts. Officer Maresca learned that the thefts were
captured on the building's interior surveillance
Learning there were difficulties downloading the footage, Sergeant Dan Rainville responded to assist and was able to copy the video onto a flash drive. Sergeant Rainville regularly uses his IT experience to assist officers in the field and in the office. His efforts and subsequent briefing of YPD detectives resulted in an arrest of a suspect linked to numerous other burglaries and larcenies in the downtown area.
On January 11th, Officer T. Crite investigated a theft at the Durfee Sweet Shop. Although close to the end of her shift, Officer Crite diligently investigated, enlisting the assistance of the Durfee Sweet Shop manager in a thorough review of the surveillance footage during which time she identified the suspect. Days later, while on patrol, Officer Crite saw the suspect and coordinated a field stop near the soup kitchen on Broadway. Her work resulted in a confession to the theft.
On January 18th, the University of New Haven Police investigated the
case of a missing 18-year-old female student. The student was thought to be endangered, so assistance from the West Haven Police was requested. Local media outlets covered the story. On the evening of January 19th, Officer Tristan Barnes parked on Chapel Street to touch base with businesses on her beat when she received a push alert from Channel 8 News via her cell phone. The push alert reported the missing student and included her photo.
Moments later, Officer Barnes saw the missing woman walking on Chapel Street. Officer Barnes spoke with the woman and determined that aside from being hungry and tired, she was okay. The
woman was brought to the Yale Police Department, where she met with UNH officials. Officer Barnes' keen eye brought this case to a safe and quick resolution.
These are but a few examples of the great police work by Yale Officers.
Have a great week and stay safe!
Ronnell Higgins, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police