YPD Community Updates
Dear Members of Yale PD,

Spring is finally here, the days are longer and the campus hums with activity as students take exams and some prepare for graduation. The YPD is a 24/7 operation and many individuals who work the various shifts can't always get to events we have here at the station. Please enjoy a few updates from our community.

Blood Drive

Last week, the YPD SWAT Team hosted their 2nd annual Blood Drive. Under the leadership of Sergeant Chris Halstead, members of the YPD SWAT team partnered with the American Red Cross holding another successful event. Big thanks to everyone who volunteered and gave blood during this blood drive-- this is great community service. Donating blood helps save lives! In all, 33 donors registered (10 for the first time), and 28 units were collected! 

Career Fair

In March, YPD was represented at a Career Fair at Barnard Environmental Magnet School, in New Haven. The age group for this event ranged from 4th to 8th graders.  Officer Roberto Arango was initially notified of the fair through his child's pre-school teacher. Officer Arango teamed up with Sergeant Sabrina Wood to attend the event and represent the public safety sector. There was a lot of interest at the YPD booth as Officer Arango and Sergeant Wood fielded questions from both students and their teachers. The officers introduced the young students to the life of a police officer and provided them with a "hands on" guided tour of a police patrol vehicle.  The kids were all smiles and had a great time.
There were only two public safety sector agencies represented at this fair, the Yale Police Department and the Harlem New York Fire Department. The outreach to these young students gets to the core of community policing, which is a constant priority here at the Yale Police Department.



Last month we said good bye and good luck to Officer Elias Roman who retired after 25 years of service at the Yale Police Department. We held a luncheon in his honor and many officers and staff came by to wish him the best.

We thank Elias for his outstanding service and wish him health and happiness in retirement. Congratulations Elias!

That's all the news for now.  Stay safe out there. 
Ronnell A. Higgins 
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Yale University