Palestine Police Department
The leadership of the Palestine Police Department is composed of a Chief of Police and is supported by one Administrative Assistant and one Professional Standards Officer.
Administration's role is to lead the agency, through implementation of policy and procedures that meets best practices, to manage a budget in excess of $4 million dollars, and to ensure that the Palestine Police Department's and City of Palestine's Mission, Vision and Values are upheld throughout the organization, ensuring quality and professionalism that is expected from our community.
Interim Chief of Police - J.M. Herod
Herod is currently assigned as the Assistant Chief, after being promoted to the position in January 2017.
Herod started his career with the Palestine Police Dept. in January of 2005. He was promoted to Sergeant in April of 2008, and Lieutenant in 2015. Herod also received the Officer of the Year award in 2006.
Herod has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Patrol Sergeant. He currently serves as the Palestine Police Dept. Firearms Instructor and one of two Team Leaders for the Palestine Police Dept. Tactical Team.
Herod is a TCOLE Certified Law Enforcement Instructor and holds several specific instructor certifications. He currently holds an Advanced Peace Officer License through TCOLE.
Office of Professional Standards
Gary Grimes serves as the Palestine Police Department in the Office of Professional Standards, investigating both internal and external complaints, as well as managing the department's best practices program, where he assists in the development of policy and procedure to meet the requirements of the program.
Gary has over 20 years law enforcement in municipal, county, and state jurisdictions, including work as a patrol officer through Police Chief, as well as Sheriff's Deputy, and Lt. Deputy Constable.
Gary has served the Palestine Police Department as a reserve officer since January 2010.
He holds both a Bachelor's of Science in Business - E-Business and Master's Degree of Business Administration.
Gary's certifications include TCOLE Master Peace Officer, TCOLE Licensed Instructor, Certified Forensic Interviewer (IAI), Certified Cyber Intelligence Professional & Social Media Intelligence Analyst (McAfee Institute). Gary is currently working toward completing all requirements for National Certification in Internal Affairs.
Admin. Assistant to the Chief - Donna Thornell
Donna Thornell has served as the Admin. Assistant to the Chief since September of 2004. She is responsible for clerical duties, including scheduling, budgetary assistance, and process of open records requests which come through the City Secretary's Office.