Illustration: The gold badge of the Armstrong police chief is emblazoned with the words Armstrong Atlantic State University and bears the seal of the state of Georgia.

Welcome Letter from the Chief

Welcome to the Armstrong  State University. The University Police Department is proud to be a member of the Armstrong Community and we are open 24 hours a day to provide service to our community. The University Police Department has a sworn officer patrol division and a security/parking patroller unit. The Police Officers are sworn Georgia Peace Officers who have the same authority and powers as the city and county police officers. The University Police Officers are also sworn Chatham County Deputy Sheriffs with police jurisdiction throughout Chatham County for University purposes.

The Armstrong Police Department is an award winning public safety department and recipient of the 2013 Georgia Governor's Public Safety Award, the 2014 Dr. Curtis McClung/Motorola Award of Excellence, and the 2015 Federal 100 Award for innovative use of technology within the the federal IT community.  The awards were received in recognition of the Department's Innovative Cyber Forensics Division.  We are the only University Police Department to be awarded these prestigious honors. 

As a member of the Armstrong Community, we remind you that it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the University Regulations. At the bottom of this message, you will find a link to a web page where you can read the regulations and a summary of the most frequently asked questions about these. If you plan on driving a car on campus, you should pay particular attention to the traffic/parking regulations.

We ask that you remember that the University Police Department's telephone number is 912.344.3333 and that you enter this into your cell phone's contact list. All calls to the University Police should use this number and not 911. If you call 911 in an emergency, it will be answered by the Savannah Chatham Metro Police and they will refer the call to the University Police, so the response will be delayed. By calling the 912.344.3333 number, the University Police will make sure that the proper response is dispatched immediately, including fire and emergency medical responders.

We would also ask that you familiarize yourself with the campus and our free "Pirate Guardian Smartphone App". There is a link to information page about "Pirate Guardian" on the police home page.  . Each classroom has a telephone that only connects to the police department. Dialing 43333 on any one of the classroom telephones will connect you to the police dispatcher. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation on campus and would like a police escort, call the University Police and we will dispatch an officer or a security patroller to escort you to your car or campus residence.

The University has an emergency notification system called BLAST. This is the telephone and text messaging system that we use to notify the University community about emergency situations such as dangerous weather alert messages and school closings. Each student's telephone information on record with the University is automatically entered into the system; however, you can add numbers or change numbers by logging into the system on the University Login page.

Throughout the year, the University Police teach a self-defense class for women called RAD. This class teaches women that they have choices when confronted with an attacker and helps women prepare to repel an attack. We highly recommend that all women on campus attend this class because it builds self-confidence and emphasizes preparedness.

We are proud of the fact that we have one of the safest campuses anywhere. This is the result of community involvement. The police officers patrol the campus and take appropriate action when needed. The students and staff practice good crime prevention techniques by locking their car and dorm room doors, by not leaving valuables unguarded, and by calling the University Police when they see something suspicious. We need the participation of all members of our community to maintain and improve the campus safety, so be a part of our safety effort.

Wayne Willcox, MSCJ, CLEE
Chief, University Police
Director, Cyber Security Research Institute

Wayne Willcox
Chief, University Police