Chief Higgins has a BS in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Haven and he is a 2006 graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. He is a full scholarship recipient at the Executive Development Institute at Northwestern University; holds a certificate in Law Enforcement Education from the University of Virginia; he successfully completed the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2010 and the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education Seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011. In 2013, Chief Higgins was appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC). He was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee and also serves as President of the South Central Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association. Chief Higgins serves on the Executive Board for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives for Connecticut (NOBLE), and was named one of the state’s Top 100 influential African Americans by the Connecticut NAACP. Chief Higgins was appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System by the Senate Majority Leader of the Connecticut General Assembly and is the recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award honoring Yale and New Haven community members whose service strengthens the ties of the university and its hometown.
Chief Higgins has served on the board of the New Haven YMCA and My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) New Haven. He also volunteers as a coach for the New Haven Pop Warner Youth Football Program. Chief Higgins lives in New Haven with his wife Robin (NHPD Ret.), and two children, Rayona and RJ.
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