Police name Molly Ingram the Employee of the Year
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:47 PM
ARLINGTON Even after being named the Arlington Police Departments Employee of the Year for 2007, Officer Molly Ingram is quick to share the credit with her coworkers.
Its an honor, but I feel everybody deserves this award, Ingram said. Its an excellent department.
The title is awarded following a peer review in which each employee submits a nomination and explains why their choice should win the award. According to Arlington Police Chief John Gray, the award recognizes the employee who most consistently personifies the mission and ideals of the department.
Ingram has been serving law enforcement for more than four years and is in her third year at the Arlington Police Department.
Ive got a reputation for people running from me, Ingram laughed. Im on a first-name basis with our top offenders, whether I like it or not.
After two years on the departments Anti-Crime Team, during which she also worked patrol to make up for shortages on the patrol teams, Ingram is trading in a two-legged partner for a four-legged one in a month when she becomes the K-9 officer for Annie, a chocolate Labrador narcotics dog.
Ingram will join fellow narcotics K-9 Officer Anthony Davis at the Arlington Municipal Airport in June, but her new beat will allow her the flexibility to work a number of different cases in a number of different areas.
You go through 200 hours of training before you even go to the school, Ingram said. Its such a unique position. These animals are trained in such specific details, and we have to train just as hard. Only great things can come from that.
While Ingram looks forward to being called out to other busts, when shes needed and available, she also enjoys the excitement and the idea of being held to a higher standard.
Being a police officer is action-packed and fast-paced, Ingram said. Its never the same day twice. Youre constantly growing and learning. I believe in compassion for the victims of crimes, so I can work with them, but I can switch gears to deal with the people who commit crimes and hold them accountable.
Ingrams passion for her job inspired equally passionate responses from her coworkers. Gray quoted officers who described Ingram as the heart and soul of this department, the most proactive and motivated officer, and a great team player who is willing to go the extra mile to help.
Ingram is gratified by her peers approval, but shies away from considering herself a standout.
I would not be where I am without the people I work with, Ingram said. Im no shining star, because theyre just as outstanding as me.