It has been about two months since John Ingram was sworn in as the new sheriff of Brunswick County. He was appointed after Ron Hewett's resignation. To start off on the right foot with the community, today he sat down with them for some breakfast, and to talk face to face. Over coffee Wednesday morning, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram looked to members of the community for help. At a meet and greet breakfast hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Ingram described his vision for the sheriff's department. That vision depends heavily on community support. "The community has to be involved. They see things when law enforcement may not ever see or hear about. We have to have them involved so we know what's going on," said Ingram. Brunswick Co. resident Glenn Humbert said, "The community is a part of the team, and I like that concept, and it creates another set of eyes out there for the sheriff's department." In his two months on the job, Ingram has been pushing new initiatives like the community policing program. It targets problem areas in the county, specifically those experiencing a spike in drug related crimes. Deputies will be walking the streets, and encouraging community watch programs. Ingram said, "We believe we can curb the drug trade and make it uncomfortable for people to easily get drugs, that it may curb some of the property crimes as well." Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke said, "It could be the economy, it could be drugs, it could be anything, I really don't know. We are a fast growing county and that being said, I'm just glad that the sheriff is here and they work as hard as they do." Ingram said hard work and community involvement are the only ways to restore the community's faith in his department and tackle the issues that matter. "I'm trying to talk to everybody I can. I want to get our message out," said Ingram. Sheriff Ingram hopes to hold more community meetings throughout the county to hear from residents and address their concerns.
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