University of New Haven Police Department

Address 300 Orange Avenue
West Haven CT 06516
Phone 203-932-7031

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University of New Haven - Certified Police Officer 60,100, 5,000 signing, free college tuition June 30, 2024


The University of New Haven Police Department provides full-service police protection to the West Haven Campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The department comprises 20 sworn positions, and all officers have been fully trained through the State of Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Council Academy and have full arrest powers. Police authority is granted by state statute through the Mayor of the city of West Haven. Officers patrol campus in marked police cruisers, on foot, and on mountain bicycles. We encourage all officers to "reach out" to students and create opportunities for casual dialogue. Additionally, six certified dispatchers staff the office to handle radio and telephone communications and assist the many students and staff who visit the department.

The University of New Haven Police Department has a commitment to community based policing through its practice and philosophy. Community policing is based on strong geographical and partnership components. Each patrol officer has an assigned residence hall or group of housing units. Officers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the ORL staff and the resident students of their assigned area.

Although police authority is granted through the city of West Haven, the University of New Haven Police Department is a law enforcement agency separate from city government. A close working relationship exists with the West Haven Police Department, as well as other local police agencies and the Connecticut State Police Department.

The University of New Haven Police Department provides full-service police protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Vision Statement

The University New Haven Department of Police Services continually strives for excellence in the execution and delivery of our public safety services. Motivated by the standards and principles of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice we are inspired to provide consistent and contemporary law enforcement and public safety services.

We reflect in practice what is taught in the classroom.


Rooted in the highest standards of integrity, ethics and professionalism, we provide law enforcement and public safety services to the University of New Haven community. We accomplish this through community policing, crime prevention, and in partnership, ever mindful of the diverse needs of our community and our oath to uphold the Constitution.

Our team is committed to the University’s mission of experiential learning through our employees, who are effective, empowered and dedicated. They leverage their experiences to act as partners, mentors, educators and role models for future generations of Public Safety professionals.


Core Values

•Community Policing and Partnership
•Ethics and Integrity
•Education and Professionalism
•Diversity and Respect
•Service to our Community

Our Core Philosophy: Community Policing

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

Community policing focuses on crime and social disorder through the delivery of police services that includes aspects of traditional law enforcement, as well as prevention, problem solving, community engagement, and partnerships. The community policing model balances reactive responses to calls for service with proactive problem solving centered on the causes of crime and disorder. Community policing requires police and citizens to join together as partners. The elements of this model are community partnership, problem solving, and organizational transformation.

In a Campus Public Safety setting this extends to the role of working with the community to prevent, prepare, plan, respond to, mitigate and recover from disasters, crises and other emergency situations.

Community policing is particularly attractive in a university setting as colleges are traditionally open environments where a culture of inquiry and discourse is fostered. Opportunities for partnership and problem solving are particularly valued on college campuses. The University of New Haven and it's police department are well suited to this environment do to the University’s mission of experiential education and our strong involvement in Criminal Justice, Public Safety/Security and Emergency Management disciplines. The opportunities for partnership and collaborative problem solving are endless.

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