Chief Ronnell Higgins

Chief Ronnell A. Higgins leads the Yale University Police Department, the nation’s oldest campus police department, established in 1894.  Chief Higgins has been instrumental is designing and implementing strategies to reduce crime at Yale to the lowest levels since the department began reporting UCR Crimes in 1985. With an emphasis on community policing, public safety, and contemporary policing standards, Chief Higgins’ reputation for leadership, experience, and exemplary achievement, reflects his ability to drive change, broker exceptional intercommunity relationships, optimize operations, and ensure overall public safety. Chief Higgins’ broad background and understanding of the unique issues of an urban Ivy League campus have earned him a reputation for delivering solutions which produce outstanding results and for leveraging relationships for mutual benefit. Chief Higgins began his career as a Corrections Officer for the State of Connecticut in 1994.  During his time with DoC he was selected for several assignments to include facility Gang Task Force and the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) where he served as a Team Leader.

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.

Chief Higgins can be reached directly at: rhiggins@policefoundation.org

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