New Luray Police Chief To Be Proactive on Fighting Drugs

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LURAY, Va. (WHSV) --

While many people enjoyed some rest on New Years Day, Carl "Bow" Cook started his job as the new police Chief of Luray.

Cook is replacing former Chief Campbell who retired last year. He has 20 years of law enforcement experience, 15 years of that as Captain of Page County investigations.

Cook says he wants to work on being more proactive when fighting drug use in the community.

"I think it's a rural area, a lot of people not working," Cook said. "There's not a lot of jobs and I think we have a lot of drugs for as small an area as we live in."

Cook says there were eight arrests for the possession and sale of drugs in December 2014. He believes meth is a big problem, along with prescription pills, but he says heroin is also making its way back into Page County.

Even on his first day, he already has goals set for the department.

"I plan to bring it where we're the most self-sufficient department around, with the most expertise that can handle pretty much any situation," Cook said.