New Police Chief Sworn in at Southern Arkansas University

MAGNOLIA, AR (KTVE) - A new man is now responsible for security and safety at Southern Arkansas University.

Anthony Williams was sworn in as Police Chief Monday 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 on 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.

Along with the honor of becoming the 6th Police Chief, Williams is also the first African American to hold the job.

"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 says his first order of business will be heading to the police academy in East Camden, to get licensed as a law enforcement officer in Arkansas.

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