CHIEF [email protected]
Anthony Coleman is the 4th Chief of Georgia State University Police Department. He was appointed Chief April 2022.
Chief Anthony Coleman has been a proud member of the Georgia State University Police Department for over 30 years. During this time, he has been assigned to the uniform patrol division, support services division, and criminal investigation division. Chief Coleman served as Assistant Chief and Interim Chief for over 2 years. Georgia State University is one of the largest campus police department in the country and hold accreditations in The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and Georgia State University Police Department is also State Certified by Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). These great achievements make Georgia State University Police Department the only Campus Police Department in Georgia to hold these high standards. Chief Coleman’s tenure as Support Services Commander afforded him the opportunity to create the security operational plan for the new stadium and serve as Incident Commander for many events at Center Parc Stadium, to include Georgia State football games, college and high school football games, concerts, professional football games, rugby matches and Georgia State University Commencement Services. Shorty after the 1996 Olympics, Chief Coleman started Georgia State University’s first 10-officer police bicycle patrol unit, which today has grown to more than 20 officers including the GSUPD Bike Response Team.
Chief Coleman is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Georgia Chiefs of Police. National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Georgia Gang Investigators Association. He earned a Master Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbus State University. Chief Coleman also serves on the State of Georgia Certification Committee and is a P.O.S.T. Certified Law Enforcement Instructor.
Chief Coleman and his wife Pam have one child, Kassidy.
Over the past 30 years, Chief Coleman has witnessed Georgia State University’s transformation into an enterprising urban public research institution.
ASSISTANT CHIEF [email protected]
Assistant Chief Nicolay Hammond joined the Georgia State University Police Department in 2004. During her tenure, she has served as a Communications Officer, Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. In 2006, she was appointed Investigator and joined the Criminal Investigations Division where she investigated criminal violations before returning to the Patrol Division.
In 2012, she was promoted to Sergeant and returned to the Criminal Investigation Division where she supervised the functions of the Criminal Investigations Division as well the agency’s crime analysis and intelligence functions.
In 2015, Hammond was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the Patrol Division where she focused her efforts on crime reductions, managed daily operations and addressed community concerns. Hammond returned to the Criminal Investigations Division and focused her efforts on leveraging new technology and developing strategies to ensure optimal performance in the oversight of the agency’s criminal investigations, background investigation, crime analysis, homeland security, intelligence and the property management functions.
As a Captain, Hammond served as the division commander for the Criminal Investigations Division where implements new strategies to further the department mission and goals. Currently Major Hammond supervises the Atlanta Patrol Field Operations Division and the Specialized Units which includes Crime Suppression, Motorcycle Units, Directed Patrol/Bicycle Response Team and the K-9 Units.
In addition to her GSUPD role, Major Hammond serves as a traffic coordinator at the Georgia World Congress Center where she manages more than 100 law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdiction for events at the Georgia World Congress Center and the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Hammond was instrumental in coordinating and managing large scale events in Centennial Olympic Park to include the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship game and Super Bowl LIII.
Major Hammond earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and is a graduate of Columbus State University’s Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration. Hammond is a member and officer in the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement (GACLEA).
Brian K, Lawton
POLICE OPERATIONS MAJOR (Perimeter)| [email protected]
Major Brian K. Lawton began his law enforcement career with the Georgia State University Police Department in 2000. Major Lawton has served as a patrol officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant, working various shifts and assignments throughout his career for the department. He has supervised the award-winning Pedestrian Safety Team/Traffic Motors Division and Crime Suppression Team. As a lieutenant, Major Lawton supervised the Criminal Investigations Division and the Internal Affairs Division as the Division Commander. Major Lawton also served as the Interim Chief of Police for Savannah State University and assisted as a team member with selected members of the Board of Regents to assist in the restructure of Savannah State University’s Public Safety operations.
Major Lawton currently supervises the Perimeter College Campuses with more than 100 officers under his command.
Major Lawton received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomfield College and his master’s degree in public administration from Capella University. Lawton is also a general and specialized police instructor in defensive tactics for the State of Georgia and has received many certifications pertaining to managing critical incidents. Lawton is a member and officer of the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement, and a member of the Georgia and National Internal Affairs Investigators Association as well as the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.