Madisonville P.D. Has New Chief, New Tools for Fighting Crime

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Madisonville, TEXAS - Madisonville's new top cop is on the job.

The city's new police chief started Monday.

News 3 looks into more about the man and his plans, as well as new technology and equipment coming to the department.

Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert is happy to be home.

"I grew up in Bedias you know 13 miles from here went to high school here and just come back home and retired," said Gilbert.

Gilbert is a 1976 graduate of Madisonville High School where he played football and other sports.

"I've got a lot of work to do," he said while chatting with other officers.

He's spent the last 11 years as the Police Chief of the City of South Houston and 25 years there total. He takes over for Chief Chuck May who retired in January.

"If I'm here to do a job I expect this department to do the job and we need to do it to the best of our abilities to make sure we stay on the path of great law enforcement," he said.

Chief Gilbert tells us he's not anticipating any big changes. He's pleased with the direction the department is heading.

Chief Gilbert is not the only addition to the department. You will notice some new wheels on the road. The department recently received a $44,000 grant to buy a Chevrolet Tahoe.

"We're pretty happy to get it though. We're pretty fortunate for a small police department," said Assistant Chief Jonathan Zitzmann.

Zitzmann gave us a ride in the new SUV which has cameras inside and out.

More is also coming inside the police station.

"With this grant we were able to get a state of the art two-way evidence locker system that allows officers to drop off the evidence and make sure it stays where it's supposed to stay," Zitzmann said.

The new chief as you might imagine is happy to have the new tools.

"I'm blessed to be here," Gilbert said.

The department's new police SUV should be out on the streets by the end of the week.

The new evidence locker should be built by April.