Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the University of New Haven Police Department

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.