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.