Pictured L-R  Lion President Joe Sykora, Tomball Police Chief Jeffrey Bert, Lion Mike Halbach, and new Lion Jack Brooks
Tomball Police Chief Jeffery Bert meet with the Tomball Lions Club to introduce himself and talk about his vision for policing in Tomball. Chief Bert joined the Tomball police department in June of last year replacing Chief Billy Tidwell who resined in January. Bert has served with Los Angeles police since 1996, and in his current role, Bert oversees the department’s compliance with state laws and training changes regarding the use of force, pursuits, and the Racial and Identity Profiling Act, additionally, he has coordinated academic partnerships for research projects regarding public sentiment, crime reduction, and police effectiveness. He also developed the LAPD strategic plan, titled “LAPD 2020 & Beyond.”

Previously, Bert served as commander of the community policing and policy group, where he led large-scale community engagement efforts throughout Los Angeles and as captain for patrol and traffic divisions of the LAPD. Chief Bert said his priorities stepping into the chief position are three-fold: Listening to his staff at the police department to find out what they need and what they are doing; work with the city to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and any civil unrest there may be, and focus on crime.

Bert graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and has a master’s degree in dramatic literature from King’s College.