To the Members of the Yale Police and Security,
The holidays bring a time of joy and also a time of reflection. As 2016 draws to a close, we can look back on the past year which has been filled with some difficult times, but also much success. First, I want to thank all of the members of both the YPD and Security for a great year. Because of our combined efforts, we cleared 258 cases this year by charging a total of 214 individuals. We can accomplish a lot when we work together! And our combined presence on campus is a huge crime deterrent.
It's been a tough year with the increased violence against police across the country. Here at Yale, we have a strong community policing program and can boast good relations with both the Yale and New Haven communities. But that takes a work and outreach, and I can't thank all of you enough for those continued efforts to balance keeping the campus safe with being an ambassador within our communities.
Providing public safety on a college campus creates unique challenges, and we must remain committed to our core values: integrity, trust, courage, and commitment. Maintaining community support is the cornerstone of any public safety department. Each member must always remember that our performance impacts an entire community; a community dependent on us to keep the campus safe.
I want to reiterate that despite law enforcement's and security management's unpredictable challenges, I take great pride in the professionalism that each of you has displayed throughout the year.
I wish you and your families a joyous holiday and happy, healthy and most of all safe New Year!
Ronnell Higgins, Director of Yale Public Safety and Chief of Yale Police