Frankfort, KY – A 25-year law enforcement veteran has been selected to head the Compliance Branch of the Office of Drug Control Policy.
Van Ingram, who has been chief of the Maysville Police Department for the past six years, officially began his duties today at the ODCP.
As the leader of the Compliance Branch, Ingram’s immediate task will be developing standards for drug task forces in Kentucky.
The branch will assist agencies in several capacities. It will develop standards for drug prevention-education, treatment and enforcement programs where existing policies and procedures are insufficient or nonexistent. It will also modify and update present standards so the programs may be assessed for effectiveness.
"We are thrilled to have Van Ingram in this significant role at the ODCP," said Sylvia Lovely, interim executive director of the agency. "Through his work with the governor’s Drug Summit and his involvement with the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, he has a statewide understanding of the substance abuse problem. He had a positive impact in his city as a police chief and an active community member, and now he can work daily to make a difference in our towns throughout the commonwealth."
Ingram began his law enforcement career at age 18 as a dispatcher in Fleming County. He became a police officer with the Maysville Police Department when he was 21 years old and steadily rose through the ranks until being appointed chief in 1999. He was with the department for 23 years.
He was a member of the governor’s Statewide Drug Control Assessment Summit and is recent past-president of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police. Ingram received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Kentucky Law Enforcement this year.
The former chief has been very active in his community, serving on several association boards in Maysville that focus on the needs of young people.
"He’s probably one of the most conscientious and involved – community-wise – police chiefs in the history of our town," said Maysville Mayor David Cartmell, who hired Ingram as chief. "We certainly will miss him, but we wish him well."
Ingram said he would miss his work in Maysville as well.
"Leaving Maysville was a difficult decision," he said. "It was a great community to be a police chief in, but the idea of being able to work on a state level and being able to assist rural and local law enforcement across the state is an exciting opportunity. As a member of the Drug Summit, I am also looking forward to being part of transitioning the Summit’s recommendations into a balanced, statewide drug policy."