Here are some commonly needed contact numbers for SPD:

SPD Police Headquarters:



SPD Records:

Property Room:
(912) 651-6678

Public Affairs:

Office of Professional Standards:




The mission of Savannah Police Behavioral Health Unit (SPDBHU) Partnership is to promote enhanced child safety, child permanency and child and family well-being through effective interventions with families having parental substance use/abuse disorders and involvement with the justice system and child protective services.


The goal of establishing the SPDBHU is to create an effective community intervention to reduce the use of jail for adults, young adults and juveniles who may need alternative services or may have behavioral health, substance abuse needs.


The overall objectives are to:

  1. Develop and provide specialized training to police officers and other first responders through a 24 hour Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team program.
  2. Address Savannah’s Opioid and substance abuse problems
  3. Create multi-disciplinary teams between first responders and other victim service providers


The SPDBHU will be comprised of three vital components to accomplish the mission.

  1. Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team:  consists of volunteer sworn CIT members who have completed the qualifying 24-hour ECIT training course. A position in the ECIT program is open to non-probationary CIT officers who are assigned to uniform positions and have already completed the 40-hour GA CIT course.
  1. The Behavioral Health Response Team:  The BHRT is an essential component of the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) that responds to crisis calls and conducts follow-up with individuals and families who have frequent or high risk contact with police due to behavioral crises that may result from mental illness and/or substance abuse. The BHRT consists of either two uniformed ECIT officers or a uniformed ECIT officer partnered with a licensed clinician.
  1. Service Coordination:  To maintain partner networks, program connections, community groups, and referral sources, the Service Coordination is staffed through the Savannah Police/Behavioral Health Unit with a dedicated Program Manager. Service Coordination’s focus is crime and overdose reduction through the identification and engagement of individuals who are chronically arrested, and families affected by it, whose root cause of behavior is related to opioid and substance use disorders.

Referral sources include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Savannah Police Department
      • Savannah Harm Reduction Coalition
      • Chatham County District Attorney’s Office
      • Chatham EMS
      • Behavioral Health Crisis Center-Gateway
      • Coastal Harbor
      • Recovery Place
      • Front Porch
      • Hospitals
      • Other service providers

Overdose Prevention 

  • Georgia Overdose Prevention Project – An advocacy organization that provides free naloxone kits to Georgians through the mail. 
  • Recovery in Georgia – Detailed guide featuring Georgia’s Good Samaritan Laws, as well as a list of local overdose prevention resources 
  • HarmReduction.org – Features harm reduction strategies and provides information to help people identify, respond, and prevent overdoses. 
  • The Summit Wellness Group – This guide covers signs and symptoms of overdoses to 8 of the most commonly abused drugs. Also features advocacy and prevention resources. 
  • Opioid Overdose Rescue – Outlines 3 simple steps to save a life in the event of an opioid overdose. Includes helpful reference videos. 

 BHRTs receive referrals through the E-MAIL managed by the BHU Commander. The BHU Commander will review referrals to ensure the person lives in or has had police contact with in the City of Savannah and Chatham County. The unit commander will make assignments based on BHU capacity and the following criteria (in order of priority):

  • Risk to others
  • Frequent contacts
  • Escalating behavior
  • Risk to Self
  • Other

The BHU is Commanded By Major Robert Gavin


Major Robert Gavin, Unit Commander

APO Julie Cavanaugh
Cell Phone: 912.429.2407

APO Cavanaugh has been a member of the Savannah Police Department since 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is currently pursing a Master’s degree in human services. In addition to being ECIT certified, APO Cavanaugh is a member of SWAT and the Peer Support Team. Prior to her law enforcement career, she served eight years in the Army.

Cpl. Marcus Paige
Cell Phone: 912.667.6603

Cpl. Paige has been a member of the Savannah Police Department since 2007. In addition to being CIT certified, Cpl. Paige is a member of the Hostage Negotiations Team and a Georgia POST Certified instructor. Prior to his law enforcement career, he served for in the U.S. Army for eight years as a military police officer.

Rebecca Hodge, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Hodge is a licensed profession counselor (LPC) with 7 years experience in mental health. She enjoy working with adolescents and adults to help people develop the skills and tools to manage hardships and stress that can be paralyzing at times. She works to identify strengths with an overall goal of empowering people to utilize their strengths and provide the tools for others to build themselves up.


What is a Police Chaplain?

A law enforcement chaplain is a member of the clergy with a passionate interest in, and the specialized training for pastoral care in the dangerous world of law enforcement.  This pastoral care is offered to all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or religion.  The services are offered without cost or proselytizing.

The law enforcement chaplain is led in his or her own faith to be available and ready to serve those in need.  The chaplain’s ministry provides a source of strength to the law enforcement officers and their families, other department members, the community, and the incarcerated.


One of the duties of a SPD Chaplain is to provide counseling to officers, their families, and other law enforcement employees.  The chaplain may do this simply by providing a sympathetic ear to an officer who has experienced a traumatic incident, such as a motor vehicle crash, a shooting, or even a non-police-related death in the family.  Officers experiencing marital problems can also turn to their chaplain for guidance.  Essentially, the chaplain is there to provide a friendly and easily accessible resource that can help officers and their families get past their personal or spiritual difficulties.

Crisis Response

SPD Chaplains may be called upon to provided mediation in a crisis situation.  A barricaded person, a potential suicide or a hostage taker may not wish to speak to police officers but may be willing to speak to a chaplain from their particular religion.  In a situation like this, a chaplain would be called in to communicate with the individual directly to try to defuse the situation in a safe manner.

Visit Sick or Injured Officers and their Families

An officer’s life can be incredibly stressful.  It becomes much more stressful when the officer or a family member is ill or seriously injured.  A chaplain also provides a measure of support by visiting sick or injured officers or by an officer’s sick family member.

Death Notifications

SPD officers are often called upon to notify families of death due to suicide, fatal crashes, or criminal acts.  When possible, a SPD Chaplain will accompany the officers and make the actual notification.  In the case of a death, the chaplain offers assistance where needed to coordinate activities between families, the Coroner’s Office, local pastors, and funeral homes.

Community and Religious Liaison

The SPD Chaplains coordinate activities between the department, local agencies and religious groups.  Community meetings may be organized as needed to address potential and current issues involving the community and the police.

Officers and Staff Support

The SPD Chaplains coordinate department-wide activities for the officers and their family members.  In the case of a departmental personnel sickness or death, they would assist in coordinating SPD activities, including visitations and funeral services as needed, and assist the families in times of hardship.



Savannah Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is a six-week program designed to allow residents to informally interact with the members of the police department and the local criminal justice system. Participants meet officers from each unit of SPD who will explain the how and why of what they do and feature speakers from various agencies with whom they interact.


Participants will meet officers from each unit of the department who will explain their unique roles. Speakers also will be present various areas of the department.

The academy allows citizens to tour the 911 Center and all of the SPD precincts. Participants in the course will also learn about defensive tactics and have a day focused on traffic stops and vehicle pullover simulation.


The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SPD Professional Development Center, 3401 Edwin St. There is no registration fee for the six-week course.  The next class begins on Sept. 26. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Sept. 20.


Applications can be found here. Applications must be signed and notarized. They can be turned in at any precinct or the Police Barracks at Habersham and Oglethorpe Streets.


Graduates will receive a certificate of completion from Savannah  Police Department and will be eligible to apply to the Volunteers in Policing Program if they want to support SPD through volunteering efforts.


The SPD encourages everyone who lives, works and plays in Savannah and Chatham County to sign up to receive emergency and community notifications on their cells phones.

SwiftReach allows us to send emergency and community notifications to alert the public to missing persons, severe weather, evacuation orders, and other urgent public safety scenarios.

Subscribers can also sign-up to receive notifications in other areas: where they work, where their children attend school, etc. And they can sign up for non-emergency notifications, such as road closures, neighborhood watch meetings, and more.

Registration is free and all alerts will be clearly identified as originating from SPD, City of Savannah, Chatham County or Chatham Emergency Management Agency officials. The system is designed to make phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information.

All listed landline phone numbers have already been programmed into the system, but since many people no longer have a home phone or primarily use their mobile devices, the SPD encourages citizens to register their cell phones with SwiftReach.

SwiftReach will make up to two attempts to reach each number in the system and will leave a message if the call is routed to voicemail. Addtional subscribers can sign-up to receive text messages and/or e-mails.

The system can make thousands of calls in a minute to convey vital information.

All calls you receive will have the caller ID of “SPD-Emergency.”


Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention

Savannah Police remind you that you can help prevent crime. By taking some basic steps to “target harden” your home, your car, your belongings and your family, you can help police make our community safe and secure.

SPD Offers Free Business / Home Inspections!

The Crime Prevention Officers of each precinct are available on an appointment basis to come to your home or business, inspect it for security and give you advice on how to better protect you, your family and your belongings. The officers will show you how to properly mark your larger valuables for identification and how to make an inventory list. The service is free of charge! If you are interested in having this free service performed, simply contact your local precinct at the following numbers to arrange for an appointment.

Northwest Precinct:

Officer Josh Flynn
E-Mail Officer Flynn
(912) 651-6990

Central Precinct:

Officer Rebekah Helmick
E-mail Officer Helmick
(912) 525-3114

Southside Precinct:

Officer Eric Rimes
E-mail Officer Rimes

(912) 658-7751

Eastside Precinct:

Officer Wanya Hendrix
E-mail Wanya Hendrix
(912) 525-3100 ext: 3008

Register your Valuable Property

When Property Crimes occur, the stolen items often end up at pawn shops.  With the SPD Pawn Unit teaming up with local pawn shops and Leads Online, a new database that compares what is bought at local pawn shops to an inventory of reported stolen items, SPD can more easily recover stolen property.  Leads Online also offers the citizens of the City of Savannah and Chatham County the ability to create a personal inventory of their belongings.  This inventory can contain pictures, serial numbers, descriptions and scan of purchase reciepts to a secure, password protected database. This inventory is then added to the data that is scanned by Leads Online to check for pawned stolen property.  In the end, this results in higher recovery rates of stolen property and prosecution of the criminal who are pawning it for quick money.

To start your own inventory or to learn more about Report It from Leads Online click the image above.

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity Theft occurs when someone steals your personal information, your social security number, or your checking or credit card numbers and then poses as you. The thief then has complete access to your money, and they can and will spend it as they wish.

It can take months and even years to undo the mess created by a thief in just days or even minutes; however, you can make it tougher for thieves to access your information. Below are some simple reminders of how to best protect yourself, your money, and your good name:

  • Do not give out personal information. Credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other identifying numbers are already on file with the financial institutions you do business with. Legitimate business will not call you and ask for that information. Remember, if someone has a right to this information about you, they should already have it!
  • Report lost or stolen checks. The numbers contained on your checks can give clear access to a thief. Always properly store cancelled checks and examine new checks to be sure none were stolen in shipment. Make sure you store them in a safe and secure location.
  • Destroy unused financial solicitations. Before discarding unwanted junk mail, be sure to tear-up or shred it since it may contain information that a thief could use to steal your identity. Remember to safely destroy any types of financial statements or receipts since they also contain sensitive information.
  • Guard your ATM card and PIN number. While these types of cards can make life easier for you, they can completely disrupt your life if they fall into the hands of a thief. Always guard your card and PIN and never leave receipts laying around. Also, never allow someone to stand behind you at a teller machine. Thieves are trained at watching the key pad for PIN numbers.
  • Make sure your mailbox is secure. Promptly remove mail when it has been delivered. Thieves often raid mailboxes to obtain credit card information or financial statements.
  • Contact the major credit reporting companies. These companies can tell you who or what company has accessed your credit report. A copy can be obtained for a small fee from the company. The three major companies are:
    • Equifax: (800) 685-1111
    • Experian: (888) 397-3742
    • TransUnion: (800) 916-8800

If you have been a victim of identity theft, take these steps immediately:

  • Call police and file a report
  • Contact your bank(s) and financial institutions
  • Contact your credit card suppliers
  • Contact the Social Security Fraud Hotline at (800) 269-0271

If you are a victim of fraud or identity theft, contact each of the three national consumer reporting agencies. Ask each agency to place a fraud alert on your credit report and send you a copy of your credit file. This is free if you are a victim of identity theft, if you have been denied credit, if you receive welfare benefits or if you are unemployed. The three agencies are:

  • EquiFax
    • P.O. Box 105873
      Atlanta, GA 30348
    • Order Report: (800) 685-111
    • Fraud: (800) 525-6285
    • Website
  • Experian
    • P.O. Box 596
      Pittsburgh, PA. 15230
    • Order Report: (888)397-3742
    • Fraud: (800) 311-4769
    • Website
  • Transunion Corporation
    • P.O. Box 34012
      Fullerton, CA 92834
    • Order Report: (800) 916-8800
    • Fraud: (800)680-7289
    • Website

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also has an identity theft affidavit to help you report information to companies using one standard form.

Reporting Fraudulent use of Your Checks

If you are unable to write checks because of bad checks written in your name, the merchant will direct you to one of the check verification services below. If you are unable to open a checking account because of the activities of an impostor, contact Chexsystems or one of the resources listed below:

  • CheckRite: (800) 766-2748
  • Chexsystems: (800) 428-9623
  • CrossCheck: (707) 586-0551
  • Equifax: (800) 437-5120
  • National Processing Co.: (800) 526-5380
  • SCAN: (800) 262-7771
  • Telecheck: (800) 710-9898

Auto Theft

Stolen cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles cause economic hardship for victims, increase everyone’s insurance premiums, and may be used to commit  violent crimes. Every day cars and trucks are stolen from malls, streets, driveways, parking lots and garages, and car dealerships. Vehicle theft can happen any place and at any time.

A few common sense steps can help you avoid being a victim of the nations fastest growing property crime:

  • Never leave your car running unattended.
  • Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.
  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. This is the No. 1 reason cars are broken into. Put them in the trunk out of sight.
  • Always park in busy, well-lit areas whenever possible.
  • Install a mechanical device that locks to the steering wheel, column, or brake to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees. These devices are commonly referred to as clubs, collars, or J-bars and may serve as a deterrent if installed properly.
  • Investigate the purchase of an auto security system if you live in a high-theft area or drive a theft-prone vehicle.
  • Always leave just the ignition key with the attendant if you park in a commercial garage or lot. Make sure no identifying information is attached. Do the same when you take your car for repairs.
  • Carry your registration and insurance card with you. Don’t leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Copy your license plate and vehicle identification (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with your driver’s license. If your vehicle is stolen, police will need this information promptly.

Parking Lot Safety

Here are just a few safety tips for parking your car in a public or private parking lot:

  • Always lock the car and roll up the windows all the way. If you have any valuables or packages, lock them in the trunk.
  • If you’re staying late, park the car near an exit or the attendant — not in an area that will be empty and remote when you leave.
  • As you approach the car, have your keys ready and check the seats before getting in.
  • You might also ask the security guard or a co-worker to escort you to your car.
  • By taking a common sense attitude towards ones security, owners and users can both greatly increase the safety of the parking lot. It may not be heaven, but at least it will be crime free.

Vacation Home Security

So you’re going on vacation and want your house and contents to be safe and secure while you’re gone? Well here are some tips that will reduce your odds of becoming a victim:

Cancel all regular deliveries:

  • Papers
  • Coupons
  • Get a neighbor to take in any free papers and mail

Before leaving, see that:

  • All outside doors, garages, and tool sheds are locked
  • Turn off gas and water supplies when on extended trips (contact a qualified plumber or utility service provider)
  • Arrange for your pets to be looked after
  • Have someone cut the lawn in your absence
  • Let a reliable neighbor have a key to remove mail and papers from view and to keep an eye on the property for you when you are away
  • Deposit all valuables, such as jewelry, in a safety deposit box or with trusted friends.
  • Do not lock any internal doors. In the event of a break-in it will mean more damage.
  • Try to make the house look occupied. Use a time switch for lighting a main room or hallway.
  • If your TV or stereo has a timer, use it.

Then fill out a vacant home notice form and send via fax, email or mail it to the crime prevention officer in your precinct to let us know you’ll be away.

Basic Home Security

The following information is provided for informational services only. It is in no way intended to be an endorsement for any type of alarm, alarm system or alarm company.

Doors & Windows

  • Security starts with properly locked doors and windows, since these are the most common entry points.
  • Install dead bolts.
  • Use a door brace of some sort for sliding glass doors.
  • All locks should be changed when you move into a previously occupied house no mater who you’ve purchased the home from.
  • Don’t hide keys anywhere. Keys hidden outside are easily found.

Household Property

  • Don’t encourage a burglar by displaying valuable items where they can be seen from a window. Purses and wallets left in plain sight are prime targets.
  • Engrave all your property with unique identifiers.
  • Make a list of all your valuables, including serial numbers.

While Away From Home

  • Leave on a radio or TV. Many radios and TVs have timers you can set to come on at specific times.
  • Consider putting lights on a timer if you return home after dark regularly, including motion sensitive flood lights.

If you will be away for a few days:

  • Arrange for someone to cut the grass.
  • Ask your neighbor to park in your driveway.
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on house and pick up your mail and newspapers.

Install a Home Security Device

  • Noise is the burglar’s biggest enemy. Even when the above tips are used, an intruder-sensing alarm is necessary.
  • Physical security, like locks and good neighbors or dogs, can be easily overcome.
  • An alarm system will make so much noise that a burglar will not stay and is less likely to run off with anything. Once the alarm is sounded, the intruder knows he has been detected and will waste no time in exiting.
  • Of course, if you are present at the time and are alerted, take any precautionary actions that could save your life.

How to Avoid Being Assaulted

  • Avoid walking or running alone at night. Instead go walking or jogging with a friend.
  • Don’t use headphones while walking, driving, or jogging.
  • Always walk in well-lit areas.
  • Avoid the use of shortcuts.
  • After dark, keep away from large bushes or doorways where someone could be lurking.
  • Always stay near the curb.
  • If someone in a vehicle stops and asks for directions, answer from a distance. Do not approach the vehicle.
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, go immediately to an area with lights and people. If needed, turn around and walk in the opposite direction, your follower will also have to reverse directions.
  • Never display or “flash” your cash, especially when leaving an ATM.

Let us show you what to do!

Carjacking: Reduce the Risk

  • As you walk to your car, look around.
  • Before you get into your car, look on the inside.
  • When traveling, make sure that your car has plenty of gas and is in good working order.
  • Avoid traveling alone, especially at night.
  • Lock your car doors and roll up windows whenever you are in your car.
  • Decide on a well-lit traveling route. Let someone know your plans and estimated arrival time.
  • Don’t open your car door or window to strangers if you feel threatened.
  • Park in safe, well-lit areas.
  • If a carjacker demands your car or keys, give them up. Your car is insured and can be replaced – you can’t. Remember, a survivor is a winner!

Let us show you what to do!


CrimeStoppers lets you call in a crime tip without giving your name.

NO tracing. NO caller ID.  Click to Leave a Tip.


CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for new information that solves a crime!  Police solve many crimes in our area but they can’t solve them without your help. Local citizens created the program to help solve crime through the combined efforts of private citizens, the police, and the media.


There are many reasons why some callers do not call police: fear of the criminal, mistrust of police, or a disgruntled former crime victim. Other callers don’t know who to call. Some fear police will not believe them, and other unique situations make the caller feel they have no where else to turn for help. Many callers take great risks to help us.


24-hours a day, seven days a week interviewers ask callers for the facts on WHO did the crime WHERE did the crime take place, WHEN did the crime occur and WHAT does the caller know that can help us solve the crime. If the caller does not wish to work directly with police, the caller is given a code number. No arrest is ever made just on a tip. Interviewers send your information to the investigator who must find proof.


Although most callers are motivated by civic duty rather than cash, callers may get a reward if the tip is new information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) who committed the crime. Most callers refuse a reward to help crime victims and police. Once a month, volunteers approve rewards. Callers must call back with a code number. The caller is then told where to pick up the reward. The caller never has to give his name.


YES! Since 1983, your tips helped the CrimeStoppers program (formerly Silent Witness) solve many crimes: murders, assaults, robberies, drug deals and others. Tips have even prevented crimes.  Leave a Tip Now.


Rewards are paid from donations. ALL donations and volunteers are appreciated! Invite us to be a speaker at your next meeting.


Local media donate more than a million dollars a year in advertising to help solve crime. Unsolved crimes are listed in the Savannah Morning News and other papers, area TV and radio news.

Our mission: To maintain CrimeStoppers as an effective crime-solving organization in Savannah-Chatham County with the primary objective being, Community, Media and Law Enforcement.

“CrimeStoppers Working Together to Solve Crime.”




Domestic violence occurs in all walks of life: rich, poor, black, white, same-sex relationships, etc. In years past, poor excuses were made for incidents of abuse, and they were kept secret within the home. Today, there is a still a great deal that goes unreported, but an effort is being made to acknowledge that family violence is a problem that must be stopped.

Most people, however, are unclear of what domestic violence is, or how to recognize it’s danger signs. Definitions can vary from state to state; as well as the authority of law enforcement in their response. The Savannah Police Department has  provided this page so that you may have a clear understanding of domestic violence in Georgia.

The State of Georgia defines Family Violence as (§OCGA 19-13-1):

“… the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household:

  1. Any felony; or
  2. Commission of offenses of battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass.”

This law does not preclude you from defending yourself in an attack. It is meant to give law enforcement the authority to arrest and prosecute the primary aggressor.

The law continues to say:

“The term ‘family violence’ shall not be deemed to include reasonable discipline administered by a parent to a child in the form of corporal punishment, restraint, or detention.”

Although children may be punished with corporal punishment, they can be victims of domestic violence if such corporal punishment is not “reasonable discipline.” Children who witness their parents engaged in a domestic dispute may also be considered victims of family violence and cruelty to children.

The State of Georgia authorizes law enforcement officers to arrest (without a warrant) the primary aggressor at the scene of a family violence dispute. Such arrest, and prosecution, may be made without the consent of the victim. This authority was granted because many victims are reluctant to follow through with legal action against their abusers. The cycle of violence then continues.

The Savannah Police Department takes an affirmative stance against family violence in all forms. Should a primary aggressor be identified, an arrest will most likely be made.


There are many remedies available to the victims of domestic violence. Many shelters have been created, support groups established, counseling services made available, and tough legislation enacted.

The first step, as the victim of a batterer, is to remove yourself (and your children) from the abusive relationship. If you have a nearby friend or relative you may be able to go there, but more appropriate would be your local shelter. Once you are safe, you can take some time to step back and formulate your plan.

Next, it would be advisable to contact a domestic violence organization for assistance through this tough time. You can not do this alone; you will need the guidance and support of experienced professionals. Many advocates are available to help you, and they can be located by using any internet search engine.

Whether or not you decide to stay in the relationship is entirely up to you, but here are some things to consider:

  • If you decide to try to work things out, he MUST get counseling. If he refuses help, or continues to batter, it is not recommended that you stay in such a relationship, as each occurrence will continue to get worse.
  • File, and follow through with, criminal charges. Whether or not you decide to stay in this relationship, the best deterrent of future incidents is to press charges. Legal action may dictate therapy for the batterer and will also ensure that permanent records are on file.
  • If a child is exposed to abuse without recourse, chances are he/she will internalize that this action is OK, and will develop abusive behavior toward others.
  • Where you (and your children) are going to reside and for how long.
  • You will need to determine your finances; decide whether you will work, or continue work, what types of financial help are available from government or other groups, and what financial benefits did you and your partner have that you are entitled to.
  • Legal counsel.
  • If the incidents are repetitive or severe, you can apply for a Temporary Protective Order.

SAFE Shelter- Provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and a 24 hour crisis line. Offers individual counseling, support groups, referral services, legal advocacy, and preventative education.

3025 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912-651-0004
24- Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (912)629-8888
Web: http://www.safeshelter.org/

National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800)799-7233 (SAFE)
Web: http://thehotline.org/ 


Quite often in an abusive relationship there will be warning signs. An abuser can exhibit any one, or more, of these signs. One thing that will be consistent, however, will be the fact that he uses fear and intimidation to control his victim.

This following list identifies certain behaviors which could indicate the presence of a volatile relationship. Keep in mind that these are warning signs only, and not always indicative that abuse is taking place. You should use judgment before accusing others.

Anyone can find themselves in an abusive relationship. If your partner displays one or more of the following, you may be the victim of abuse (the word “he” is used throughout this page for ease of reading only):

  • Physically Abuse
    If he hits you once, it will be easier for him to hit you a second time. Also, if he has physically abused past partners, there is a high probability he will abuse you.
  • Verbal Abuse
    He may disrespect you by putting you down in front of others, use abusive language toward you, ignore you, or tell you what you should think, feel, and say.
  • Extreme Jealousy
    Your partner gets angry when you do well, make friends, or want some alone-time. Often he will accuse you of having an affair when you want to go out.
  • Multiple Personalities
    You may notice that he will be nice one second and then abusive the next. He may be so nice to others that no one could ever believe he’s an abuser.
  • Isolation
    More often than not, your partner tries to keep you from seeing family and friends. He may discredit their advise or even encourage you to turn against them.
  • Threats and Coercion
    He often tries to coerce you into doing things that you don’t want to do. If you refuse he may throw a guilt trip, or even manipulate the children. If this does not work, he may progress to threatening harm to you, the children, or other family members. He may even threaten suicide.
  • Complete Control
    Your partner tries to control your every action. He tells you how to dress, what to eat, who you can and can not see, insists on driving you wherever you want to go, won’t let you see the finances, etc.
  • Property Destruction
    When he is angry, he will damage things of his and yours.
  • Bad Temper
    You are afraid of his temper.
  • Low Self-Esteem of the Victim
    You feel that you deserve bad treatment and that you are lucky to have him in your life.
  • Blame
    He blames you for the abuse; you caused him to do it. He may even blame you for all of his problems.
  • Substance Abuse
    Substance abuse and domestic violence are two separate problems. Drugs and alcohol do not cause one to become an abuser, and an abuser does not have to be an addict. More often than not, even though there is no correlation between the two, both problems co-exist within an abusive relationship.


The Cycle of Violence is a series of events that happens in a violent relationship. It starts with an abusive incident, moves its way through the cycle, and then returns to another abusive incident, usually worse then the last one. This cycle can repeat itself hundreds of times in such relationships and each stage can last a different amount of time. The total cycle can take anywhere from a few hours to a year or more to complete.

Cycle of Violence


  • Any type of abuse occurs (physical/sexual/emotional)

Making Up

  • Abuser may apologize for abuse
  • Abuser may promise it will never happen again
  • Abuser may blame the victim for causing the abuse
  • Abuser may deny abuse took place or say it was not as bad as the victim claims


  • Abuser acts like the abuse never happened
  • Physical abuse may not be taking place
  • Promises made during “making-up” phase may be met
  • Victim may hope that the abuse is over
  • Abuser may give gifts to victim

Tension Building

  • Abuser starts to get angry
  • Abuse may begin
  • There is a breakdown of communication
  • Victim feels the need to keep the abuser calm
  • Tension becomes too much
  • Victim feels like they are “walking on egg shells”



The Savannah Police Department offers the police exploring program for our community’s youth. The objective of the program is to offer teenagers and young adults (ages 14-20) an opportunity to experience hands-on engagement and learning experiences with law enforcement professionals. Some of the requirements to become a Law Enforcement Explorer are:

  • A youth, aged 14-20
  • Be interested in learning about law enforcement
  • Maintain a 2.1 grade point average
  • Be of good moral character
  • No prior convictions or serious traffic violations
  • Pass a background check and oral board interview


The Savannah Police Department is committed to the development of youth programs designed to build virtuous character, promote good citizenship, develop physical and mental fitness, educate and engage youths in understanding police operations, interest them in potential law enforcement careers, and build mutual trust and respect.

Post Profile

Law Enforcement Explorers, through training and completion of Law Enforcement Explorer classes, can be involved in performing a multitude of law enforcement tasks. The Explorer is a civilian volunteer involved with SPD on a part-time basis. Law Enforcement Explorers may be engaged in the following types of activities to assist a sworn police officer:

  • Traffic and parking control
  • Special event guides
  • Typing, filing and other clerical activities
  • Child identification programs
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Community assistance programs
  • Patrol support services (only when assigned directly under the supervision of a sworn Police Officer)
  • Other related duties as approved by the Post Advisor or Senior Explorer Advisor

Law Enforcement Explorers also attend one meeting a month, where they participate in hands-on training and other fun learning activities.

Why Join The Explorer Post Program?

  • Hands-on training
  • Make new friends
  • Team-oriented environment
  • Ride along program
  • Learn about policing in the 21st Century
  • Participate in competitions
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Life Skills

Explorer Post Program Info:

  • Applications are now being accepted for the SPD Explorer Post Program. There is a non-refundable membership due of $100. This fee includes the BSA administrative fees and insurance. The first $25 is due by the first meeting. The additional $75 may be paid in installments during the first 6 months.


  • The Learning for Life application will also need to be filled out. Please fill out this application three separate times by hand.



  • Explorers will meet the third Monday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SPD Training Center, 3401 Edwin Street.


Lt. Keith Edwards
Charter Advisor
(912) 658-4910

Sgt Max Nowinsky
Post Advisor
(912) 658-7635

Officer Anthony Watkins
Associate Post Advisor

(912) 414-8170



What is the End Gun Violence: Step Forward initiative?

The Savannah-Chatham initiative to End Gun Violence: Step Forward is an approach that will target the most violent groups and gangs members who are responsible for a majority of the shootings and homicides in our community.

This approach tells gang and group members to lay down their weapons.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office have pledged their support to prosecute group and gang members tied to gun violence to the fullest extent of the law.

Social services are being offered to anyone who wants to get out of the cycle of violence.  Build-a-Bridge is a non-profit organization that will help individuals get the counseling, job training, and other services they need to help turn their lives around.

This approach was created by the National Network for Safe Communities under the direction of Dr. David M. Kennedy and John Jay College President Jeremy Travis in 2009

More than 60 other cities across the United States have successfully implemented this sort of group violence reduction initiative.

The National Network focuses on supporting cities implementing proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves.  For more about The National Network, click here (http://nnscommunities.org/)



Savannah Police and Gay Community CollaborativeSGLCPC logo

The Collaborative works to create a greater understanding between SPD and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community through open and safe communication, education, and outreach. It consists of an SPD officer and a board of community members.

The Collaborative brings awareness to issues, concerns, complaints, and compliments to law enforcement with timely and non-bias resolutions.
Any members of the community who believes they are being treated differently or experienced discrimination by an officer can access services via the SPD LGBTQ Liaison. Investigations and responses for all reports will be prompt. All information is confidential.

NOTE: Services are provided only for non-emergency, pre-reported concerns. This does not displace law enforcement procedure.

In case of an emergency, dial 911.

The collaborative provides no legal advice or legal services.

The LGBTQ Liaison is:
SCpl Tracy Walden
Phone: (912) 651-6653
Send SCpl Walden an E-mail


Who is Involved?

National Night Out involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials.


The purpose of National Night Out is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to generate support for or participation in local anti-crime programs. This annual event strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and sends a message to criminalsthat neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

How does it work?

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities and neighborhoods “celebrate” NNO with a variety of events and activities, such as block parties, cookouts, visits from local law enforcement and community leaders, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests, and youth programs.

NNO has proven to be an effective and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer community.

 If your neighborhood would like to participate, please contact your precinct Crime Prevention Officer.

2021 Participating Neighborhoods   

(All events are Tuesday, Aug. 3 unless otherwise noted.)

Coffee Bluff/Rose Dhu: Coffee Bluff Marina, 14915 Coffee Bluff Road, 6-8:30 p.m.

Crawford Square: Crawford Square, East Perry St. at Houston St., 6-8 p.m.

Downtown Neighborhood Association: Calhoun Square, 164 E. Gordon St., 5-7 p.m.

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER – Edgemere/Sackville: Edgemere/Sackville Neighborhood Park, Cedar at Delesseps streets, 6-8 p.m.

Leeds Gate: Leeds Gate at Egmont roads, 6-8:30 p.m.

Stillwell: 5100 Waters Ave, 5-7 p.m.

Troup Square: Troup Square, Habersham St. at E. Charlton St., 5-7 p.m.

Victory Heights: Victory Heights Park, E. 42nd  St. between Raskin and Herbed, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a food item to share and bring a towel or chair. The spray pool will be on.

West Savannah: Sustainable Fellwood, 1325 Exley St., 5 p.m.

Yamacraw Village: Curtis V. Cooper, 349 W. Bryan St.. 5-7 p.m.


Neighborhood Watch


Launched nationally in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens partnering with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night. (The program took off quickly. In just ten years, data showed that 12 percent of the population was involved in a Neighborhood Watch.) Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.

How to Start a Neighborhood Watch

If you are interested in participating in or starting a neighborhood watch in your community please contact your precinct and speak with the Crime Prevention Officer.


  • Work with SPD.  Our Crime Prevention Officers will be the source of necessary information and training for your group.
  • Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to decide upon program strategies and activities.
  • Consider linking with an existing organization, such as a citizens association, community development office, tenants’ association, or housing authority. They may be able to provide an existing infrastructure you can use.  If you live in a smaller neighborhood consider joining with another neighborhood to form a joint neighborhood watch.
  • Canvass door-to-door to recruit members.
  • Ask people who seldom leave their homes to be “window watchers,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood.
  • Translate crime and drug prevention materials into Spanish or other languages needed by non-English speakers in your community. If necessary, have a translator at meetings.
  • Sponsor a crime and drug prevention fair at a church hall, temple, shopping mall, or community center.
  • Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, conduct victimization surveys, and learn residents’ perceptions about crimes. Often residents’ opinions are not supported by facts, and accurate information can reduce the fear of crime.
  • Physical conditions, like abandoned cars or overgrown vacant lots, contribute to crime. Sponsor cleanups, encourage residents to beautify the area, and ask them to turn on outdoor lights at night.  Work with City or County Code Enforcement to assist with blight issues.
  • Work with small businesses to repair rundown storefronts, clean up littered streets, and create jobs for young people.
  • Start a block parent program to help children cope with emergencies while walking to and from school or playing in the area.
  • Emphasize that watch groups are not vigilantes and should not assume the role of the police. Their duty is to ask neighbors to be alert, observant, and caring, and to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police.


Four five-day camps will take place at Savannah State University and will teach skills in character building, goal setting, decision making, crime reporting, stranger danger and much more. SPD’s Juvenile Officers launched the camp in 2013 under the direction of Retired Maj. Richard Zapal to develop rapport between youth and law enforcement officers early in life. Learning strategies will include guest speakers, field trips and hand-on activities. Youth will also be exposed to many aspects of college life with support from SSU.

The free camp targets children ages 8-14 of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The initiative is designed to provide youth with alternatives to risky or criminal behavior during the summer. All Chatham County children meeting the age requirement are invited to attend.


The mission of the SPD Youth Summer Camp is to establish trust and rapport between Savannah’s youth and its law enforcement community by teaching skills in goal setting, decision making and good citizenship, along with the inner workings of policing under the mentorship of SPD staff.

SPD Youth Summer Camp Info:

  • Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Savannah Police Youth Summer Camps.  The camp targets children ages 8-14 and is free of charge.

Click here to download the application 

  • Each camp will run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., children can be dropped off at Savannah State University Police Headquarters, at 3219 College Street, in the Hubert C Building.

June 15-19 Boys

June 22-26 Girls

July 6-10 BoysSPD Youth Camp 2020 App

July 13-17 Girls

The application deadline is May 1.

  • The 4 five-day camps will take place at Savannah State University’s Police Headquarters.
    • Campers will learn skills in character building, goal setting, decision making, crime reporting, stranger danger and self-defense.
    • Learning strategies will include guest speakers, field trips and hand-on activities.
    • Youth also will be exposed to many aspects of college life with the support of SSU.
  • The free camp targets children ages 8-14 of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
    • The goal is to provide youngsters with alternatives to risky or criminal behavior during the summer.
    • All Chatham County children meeting the age requirement are invited to attend.


About Police Athletics/Activities League (PAL)

The SPD Police Athletics/Activities league is a community-centered youth organization. The mission of PAL is to offer opportunities for police, community leaders, and volunteers to collaborate on ways to positively impact the youth by way of enrichment programs and sports teams.

The Police Athletic/Activities League is a nationally recognized program utilized by many American police departments in which members of the police force coach young people, both boys and girls, in sports, help with homework and provide mentoring services. The purpose is to build character, help strengthen police-community relations, and keep children safe.

Savannah Police is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for participation in the Spring 2022 Baseball season as well as volunteer applications. Those applications can be found on this page.

Guardians will receive further details in the coming weeks.