SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - There’s a new chief of police at Savannah State University and he brings over 20 years of law enforcement experience with him.
The new police chief at Savannah State has only been here for a month, but says he has big plans for the university.
Chief Fred Hammet has been in law enforcement for 28 years. He holds master’s degrees in public administration and executive leadership from Columbus State University.
He says his top priority is building relationships between police and students.
“I would like to make an impact on safety and security and community outreach on campus," said Chief Fred Hammet. "Law enforcement is about building relationships with students, faculty, and staff. So what I would like to bring is a safer campus. I would like to reduce crime on campus. I would like to build a relationship with the people we serve.”
Hammett says he wants a safer campus.
“What I would like to bring is a safer campus, I would like to reduce crime on campus, I would like to build relationships with the people we serve, the faculty, staff and students and build bridges with those students that we serve.”
In order to do all of this, the department plans on increasing police visibility on campus.
“Getting out of the police vehicles and going on foot patrol, engaging the students and listening to their concerns so I have a lot of those community outreach initiatives that I plan on implementing while I’m here.”
Chief Hammett says the department plans to develop several programs to strengthen their relationship with students on campus.
“We have several initiatives that I want to implement which is our coffee with cops, chili with cops, and also operation tent talk is a great way for my staff and myself to reach the students in a way that we can build relationships and open that line of communication up with the students.”
During his time at SSU, he also plans on working with law enforcement agencies in the area to help make the university a safe place for everyone.
“The students need to understand that we care for them. They need to understand that we are part of this together and it is our job to make sure they’re safe and they have an environment where they can come learn and feel safe.”
If you want to learn more about Chief Hammett, visit Savannah State University’s website.