Awards and Accomplishments
 
To Members of the YPD, 

Join me in congratulating Captain Joseph Vitale, who recently received a Humanitarian Community Service Award from the Kingdom International
Economic Development Corporation (KIEDC).  Captain Vitale received his award because of his sustainability work specifically in coordinating the donation of abandoned bicycles to local community groups, in addition to being a volunteer coach for youth football. He was also honored recently by the Yale Office of Sustainability for his efforts on campus.  I know that the bike program involves time, patience, and a lot of phone calls and emails, but it brings bikes and smiles to local kids who might not otherwise be able to own a bicycle. Thanks Joe!

KIEDC is a non-profit organization in East Hartford, CT whose mission is to educate and empower women and youth through entrepreneurship in the marketplace dealing with the problems of poverty, hunger, and disaster relief by harnessing technology to promote economic empowerment.
 
I'd also like to congratulate Office Joseph Funaro who completed the 4-day
Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride in September. It was Funaro's first time doing a multi-day, long-distance, charity road ride. The Tour De Force is an annual bike ride, started in 2002, in memory of the police officers and first responders who died trying to save others during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Read the full story about Officer Funaro's experience.

These are just two examples of how the YPD and its officers constantly give back to the community. 

Best regards,

Ronnell Higgins, Director of Public Safety and
Chief  of Yale University Police