By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert spoke at the recent Gainesville Kiwanis meeting and told the club that his main goal is to help in any way he can.
“Every day I try and think about what I can do to get my people to help more people,” Gilbert said.
“I heard it said that to be successful, surround yourself with smart people. That’s what I have tried to do in our department and we have a great team.”
Gilbert spoke of new improvements coming to the department along with continued focus on old issues.
“New police cars including (Chevrolet) Tahoes and (Dodge) Chargers along with new officer uniforms are on the agenda,” he continued.
Gilbert said that his office works closely with other agencies to fight the continuing battle of drug trafficking in the north Texas area.
“Meth is certainly the drug of choice in Cooke County for those who participate in such activity,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert stated that 90 percent of the methamphetamine comes from Mexican drug cartels.
Since January 1, ten pounds of marijuana have been confiscated and one pound of methamphetamine.
“A pound of methamphetamine has a street value of $45,000,” he said.
Currently there are 35 jailers handling 149 prisoners. The jail will hold 229 prisoners and is currently staffed for 144.
Gilbert also said they are looking at adding two radar units to their arsenal and will be looking at enforcing the 55 mile per our speed limits on the country roads.
“I love my job,” Gilbert said in closing. “I continuously look for better ways to keep our county safe.”
By CATHY MOUNCE
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