Southern Arkansas University Gets New Police Chief

By Jeane Franseen |

Published 07/21 2014 05:53PM

Updated 07/21 2014 06:47PM

MAGNOLIA -- A new man is now responsible for security and safety at Southern Arkansas University.

Anthony Williams was sworn in as Police Chief and tells us he has big plans for the university police department.

"It was an awesome opportunity for me to land here at SAU," says Williams.

Coming from the Dallas Police Department, Williams is ready to start his journey as the chief of SAU.

"I've had a career of about 30 years with the city of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department serving in various positions. I think I have probably maximized my challenges there," says Williams.

With this experience, Williams is hoping to keep the low rate of crime at SAU down.

"Generally, across the nation, we have seen a decrease in violent crimes. Fortunately, here are SAU after reviewing the crime stats, it's not a big concern or a big issue," says Williams.

Besides having 30 years in the force, Williams also has numerous degrees, but not in criminal justice.

"My degrees are actually in organizational management, business, as well as, education. So coming to SAU was a perfect fir for me in terms of the educational tract," says Williams.

With the honor of becoming the 6th Police Chief, Williams also holds the title of being the first African American to be the police chief at SAU.

"Hopefully it's exciting for the children and the student population that's of African American decent to let them know they can achieve a position like this. It's not an exclusive position so to speak, it's inclusive," says Williams

"Williams tells us his first order of business will be heading on over to the police academy in East Camden, to get licensed as a law enforcement officer for Arkansas.

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