UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


July 2016

Van Slusser

UT Rio Grande Valley PD

Van Slusser

Sergeant Van Slusser holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Lanier Technical College. Sergeant Slusser was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in 2004, and is a recipient of the American Criminal Justice Association’s Silver Key Award.  Sergeant Slusser is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree from UT Rio Grande Valley, expected to be completed in August 2016.
Sergeant Slusser began his career with the UT System Police in 2010 after working for 8 years at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Transportation Security Administration, where he held several supervisory positions at Ben Epps Airport in Athens, GA and Valley International Airport in Harlingen, TX.
 Sergeant Slusser attended the 90th BTS class at the UT System Police Academy in Austin, TX where he graduated as class Valedictorian. After finishing the Academy, Sergeant Slusser worked at UT Brownsville before transferring to UT- Pan American in 2012. Sergeant Slusser is currently the patrol shift supervisor for the C-shift.
Sergeant Slusser’s leadership philosophy is “lead by example”. Sergeant Slusser had the highest number of both arrests, and traffic stops, for the department for the years of 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Sergeant Slusser’s professional interests include traffic enforcement, and he believes very strongly in the value of proactive traffic enforcement and criminal patrol as an effective crime suppression strategy. Sergeant Slusser has completed specialized training in Advanced Commercial Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction, and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. Sergeant Slusser is also currently a state certified Breath Test Operator for the Intoxilyzer 5000 and Intoxilyzer 9000 instruments. In recognition of his efforts to combat drunken driving, Sergeant Slusser received the MADD Commitment Hero Award for 2013 and 2014, and the Enforcement Hero Award for 2014 from the Rio Grande Valley chapter of MADD.
Sergeant Slusser has also coordinated the department’s participation in TXDOT’s Click it or Ticket and Impaired Driving Mobilization campaigns for the years of 2014-2016. This has resulted in the department being awarded $6,000 in grants.
Sergeant Slusser holds an Advanced proficiency certificate from TCOLE.  Sergeant Slusser is a certified Field Training Officer, Instructor, Mental Health Peace Officer, and Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator.
Sergeant Slusser was awarded Officer of the Year for the UT – Pan American Police Department in 2013. Sergeant Slusser also received the Award of Excellence for the UTPA Police Department in 2013 and 2014.
Outside of work, Sergeant Slusser enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, from whom he gains much strength.  Sergeant Slusser is also an active member of the community, serving as a deacon and member of the board for his church, First Christian Church of McAllen.



Click the links below to go directly to prior Officers of the Month

April 2016

Wayne Coffey

UT Austin PD

May 2016

Pete Hensgen

UT El Paso PD

June 2016

Ronnie Johnson

UT Medical Branch Galveston PD

January 2016

Kenneth Baptiste

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD

February 2016

W.J. Braunsdorf

UT Medical Branch PD

March 2016

Bill Zimmerman

UT Arlington PD

October 2015

Beverly Kennedy

UT Tyler Police

November 2015

James Vernier

UT Arlington PD

December 2015

Brett Watkins

UT Austin PD

July 2015

John W. Siverand, Jr.

UT MB Galveston PD

August 2015

Maranda Tupper

UT San Antonio PD

September 2015

Brian Kneisley

UT Permian Basin PD

April 2015

Cynthia Loredo

UT Southwestern Medical Center

May 2015

Pablo Lopez

UT Pan American

June 2015

Wayne Smith

UT Houston PD

January 2015

Robert Major

UT San Antonio PD

February 2015

Adela Leal

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

March 2015

Jacob Corbitt

UT Medical Branch - Galveston

October 2014

Diego Mata

UT Pan American PD

November 2014

John Morrison

UT Arlington PD

December 2014

Jason Rask

UT Austin PD

July 2014

Officer Carolina Villareal

UT Austin PD

August 2014

Officer Robert Trimyer

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

September 2014

Stacey Rotunno

UT Dallas PD


April 2014

Gordon Firth

UT Dallas PD

May 2014

John Armstead

UT Houston PD

June 2014

Rey Trevino

UT Brownsville PD


January 2014

Robert DeRohn

UT San Antonio PD

February 2014

Joel Rivera

UT Arlington PD

March 2014

Natalie Rodriguez

UT Health Northeast PD


October 2013

Bobby Lane

UT San Antonio PD

November 2013

Charles Bonnet

UT Austin PD

December 2013

Kevin Gray

UT Houston PD


July 2013

Perla Noriega

UT Brownsville PD

August 2013

Jason Taylor

UT Austin PD

September 2013

Laura Davis

UT Austin PD


April 2013

Samantha Carter

UT Austin PD

May 2013

Jerry Blanco

UT Arlington PD

June 2013

David Sedmak

UT HSC San Antonio


January 2013

Clifford A. Douglas

UTMB Galveston PD

February 2013

Ashley Griffin

UT Austin PD

March 2013

Homar Bahena

UT Brownsville PD


October 2012

Scott H. Barnwell

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2012

Liju George

UT Southwestern PD

December 2012

Brandy Elliot

UT Tyler PD


July 2012

Molly Ralph

UT Pan American PD

August 2012

Joseph Michael Pasqua

UT Austin PD

September 2012

Dava Barnhart

UT Austin PD


April 2012

Angelia Lemmonds

UT MD Anderson PD

May 2012

Adam Jones

UT Southwestern PD

June 2012

Stefan Happ

UT MD Anderson PD




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