Two Recent & One Upcoming Community Fundraising Events
Dear Members of Yale PD,

I'm proud to update you on one upcoming fundraiser and two very successful fundraising events the YPD hosted that benefited two local charities: Smilow Cancer Hospital and Special Olympics CT.

Mother's Day Outreach Program - Now until May 12th

With a small donation, you can help homeless mothers and kids! The YPD is helping collect toiletries or gifts for needy mothers and kids in the New Haven community. The YPD is assisting the Yale Veterans Network and the Yale Latino Networking Group with the collection of Mother's Day donations across the Yale campus. The donations are to assist the New Haven Fire Department's Mother's Day Outreach program.

The goal of this program is to provide comfort and care for those mothers having to spend the holiday in shelters. A donation box is in the patrol lounge area. If you want to contribute and don't feel like shopping, some of us will be pooling our resources.  See Lt. Logan or Sgt. Hoffman for more information.
7th Annual Battle of the Badges - April 22nd

The Yale University Police Department hosted its 7th annual "Battle of the Badges" bench press competition at Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Proceeds benefited Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. The gym was packed with 30 teams competing through three straight hours of intense, positive energy--assisted by the music of DJ Emillz.

The following agencies participated:
  • Police Departments: Yale, New Haven, CT State Police, Branford, Bridgeport, Hartford, Naugatuck Orange, East Haven, Guilford, South Central SWAT, N. Branford
  • Fire Departments: New Haven & Stratford
  • Armed Services: CT National Guard & US Army
  • Police Academies: POSTC Academy
    , New Haven, Hartford & Bridgeport Academies
  • Other: CT Department of Corrections,  Yale Office of New Haven & State Affairs, Yale Risk Management, & several open category teams
Big thanks to everyone on the planning committee and special thanks to Lieutenants Von Narcisse and Jay Jones whose passion for this cause was invaluable. Also huge thanks to the Yale PD families who volunteered during the event and Retired AC Mike Patten, who was our guest referee. Together everyone helped make the Battle of Badges a tremendous success. 
  • We raised $4,473.00 (up from $1225 last year!)
  • Record number of participants this year on 30 teams (18 teams last year)
  • A new overall champion was crowned
  • One of the Open Division teams took the third place overall trophy, which is a first!
  • An anonymous donor dropped a huge check on the cause, in the middle of the event!
Tip A Cop - April 21st

Another event held the day before the "Battle" was Tip A Cop at Donut Crazy on York Street. Spearheaded by Officer Cody McGinnis with the help of Sergeant Sabrina Wood, Officers Parker, Cavanaugh, Reddington,  DeJesus, Swiantek, Maresca, Sanchez, and Giddings they raised $1000 in tips. Donut Crazy will also be donating proceeds from the sales that day so it was a very successful event. Donut Crazy featured a special donut called the "Kookie Monster" topped with chocolate chip cookies and blue frosting which sold out quickly--270 total sold!  All proceeds from this event benefit the Special Olympics Connecticut.

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