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Ronnell A. Higgins

Ronnell A. Higgins

Senior Associate

Ronnell A. Higgins is the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at Yale University. Chief Higgins has been instrumental in designing and implementing strategies to reduce crime and build community trust at Yale since being named Chief in 2011. Chief Higgins was promoted to Director of Public Safety in 2015 and his duties expanded to include security operations and security systems.

With an emphasis on community policing, public safety, and crime reduction, 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 campus have earned him a reputation for delivering solutions which produce outstanding results and for leveraging relationships for mutual benefit.

An Executive Fellow on the Police Foundation he served on a team of subject matter experts selected to review the Saint Luis County Police Department following their request to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Collaborative Reform and Technical Assistance project (2014-2015). Chief Higgins recently served alongside nationally renowned police chiefs, academics and researchers on the Crime Indicators Working Group (CIWG), assembled during 2014 and 2015 to provide guidance to the Bureau of Justice Statistics in its effort to identify the preferred national indicators of crime. Chief Higgins serves on the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC) and was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee in 2013. Chief Higgins is past president of the South Central Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association and serves on the executive board for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives for Connecticut (NOBLE). Named one of the state’s Top 100 influential African Americans by the Connecticut NAACP for 2014 and 2015, Chief Higgins was appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. Chief Higgins 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 is a Master’s Degree Candidate at the Naval Post Graduate School for Homeland Security and Defense. Chief Higgins has a BS in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Haven and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. He holds a certificate in Law Enforcement Education from the University of Virginia and successfully completed the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education Seminar at the Harvard Kennedy Graduate School of Education.


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