Summer Community Outreach Update
Dear Members of Yale PD,

I wanted to make you aware of some community outreach efforts our officers have been involved in this summer:

Channel 3 Kids Camp - Law Enforcement Day

YPD Officers Adam Marong, Charles Hebron and Terrance Pollock, partnered with members of the CT Law Enforcement Community at this year's Law Enforcement Day at Channel 3 Kids Camp.  This is a daylong event that brings youth and police together. This 9th Annual Law Enforcement Day at the Channel 3 Kids Camp was designed to foster positive interactions between police and youth in an effort to build strong public safety relationships. For many of the campers, this was their first time meeting officers from across Connecticut. This program was created to advance positive youth and police relationships in local communities. This year, the Connecticut Police Chiefs of Association (CPCA) raised enough money to send 21 children from Greater New Haven to this week-long camp.

Campers interacted with the police officers and experienced police equipment up close. The kids were able climb in and out of cruisers, motorcycles, hummers, bearcats, crime scene vans and other specialized vehicles. In addition they were treated to K-9 demos with officers and dogs from around the state. Some New Haven campers participated in a back to school PSA while there:

Many organizations came together to make this event successful. The Channel 3 Kids Camp Staff and the following Law Enforcement agencies played a role in making this day a success: Waterbury, South Windsor, Suffield, CSP, Watertown, East Hartford, CT. EnCon, Willimantic, Yale University, Coventry, Wethersfield, Wallingford, East Hampton, Avon, Windsor Locks, Norwich, Berlin, and Groton Town.
YPD Little League Baseball Team

This year, for the first time, the YPD sponsored a baseball team! I want to thank Officer Leo Otero who led this initiative and coached the team. Officer Otero in reflecting on his experience said " I enjoyed teaching the game, seeing them learn the game and lastly seeing the kids develop confidence in playing the game."

YPD Officer and PAL

This year, Officers Martin Parker and Ariel Melendez are assigned to the NHPD PAL Camp which provides New Haven youth between the ages of 8 and 13 years an opportunity to take part in educational, physical and fun activities including off-site field trips. 

Officers Parker and Melendez are building relationships with New Haven youth and a rapport with parents, many whom live near or frequent the campus area. Positive non-enforcement related interactions experienced at the PAL Camp, more broadly at the Channel 3 Kids Camp, on the baseball diamond, and in the field, by each and every one of you, each day help build trust, form partnerships, and lead to positive outcomes.

I want to thank these officers and all of you whose work each and every day advances the departments community policing efforts.

Stay safe out there.

Ronnell A. Higgins
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Yale Police