Kennedy Fine Arts Building

Department of Public Safety

Chief Frederick Hammett


Frederick Hammett has been named Chief of Police at Savannah State University (SSU). Hammett brings more than 27 years of public safety experience to SSU.

Hammett most recently served as the director of public safety and chief of police and emergency management for North Carolina Central University, a campus with more than 10,000 students. There he fostered visible crime prevention strategies, led emergency response plans and coordinated with area agencies.

Previously, Hammett was the police administrative chief of staff for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) where he oversaw nine divisions, executed multi-million dollar grants form the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and acted as an agent for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Hammett holds master’s degrees in public administration and executive leadership from Columbus State University. He has certification in special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (GA POST). Hammett was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving as a transportation specialist in Operation Desert Storm. He is also the recipient of the MARTA Police Officer of the Year award and a Governor’s Public Safety Award nominee.


SERVICE, INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, AND TEAMWORK are the motto for the Department of Public Safety. We believe that if we adhere to these four core values we will not only succeed, but excel in our goal to be one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the University System of Georgia. These core values drive us daily and will continue to propel us to impending success. These core values foster a sense of humility and remind us every day why we are here; for the safety of our students, staff, faculty and visitors.


The mission of this police department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with the public to prevent crime, preserve the peace, enforce the laws with respect to the constitutional rights of all citizens, reduce fear and provide for a safe community environment.

Hubert Tech Science-Building C-Rooms 309/305
P. O. Box 20336
Savannah, GA 31404
Primary Phone: 912-358-3004
Alternative Phone: 912-356-2186
Fax: 912-358-3018