Shaping the department
"Director Slamons was a pioneer in the area of diversity hiring. Where diversity in the field of Law Enforcement today is a common practice, it was not popular among the local scene in the 70’s and 80’s."
--Captain Brad Bruns, email interview
"You are...looking at Sandy Gill, UA's first woman officer...Ms. Gill, 25, was hired a year ago (1972) as an officer after trying to find a job in Fayetteville as an executive secretary."
--The Arkansas Traveler 1973
Then, we brought in an African American officer--the first one for Northwest Arkansas. That was a big thing."
Slamons, not concerned with ethnicity or gender, hired the first female officer in Northwest Arkansas as well as the first African American officer, setting the bar for other departments in the state.
On July 29, 1995, the University of Arkansas Police Department obtained international accreditation as a law enforcement agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). UAPD became the first police department in Arkansas to receive CALEA recognition for meeting their rigorous standards."
The leadership that Slamons exhibited by taking the UAPD through the rigorous accreditation process not only showed the community the level of professionalism of the Department, but also that the Department had matured and was capable of enforcing the law.