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DA Helps Houston Area Law Enforcement Purchase Body Cams

Harris County patrol deputies will soon be equipped with body cameras. It’s thanks to a major donation by the district attorney’s office to law enforcement agencies.

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Examples of the body cameras the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is testing:(L-R): eyeglass, chest, pocket, shoulder

 

District Attorney Devon Anderson will write checks for $900,000 to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and $1 million to the Houston Police Department to purchase body cameras.

Sheriff Adrian Garcia said the money will help outfit all of the patrol deputies — about 650. And he doesn’t want to stop there.

“I’ve got deputies that work in the courtrooms. I’d like for them to have cameras,” he said. “I’ve got deputies that work in other field operations, I’d like for them to have cameras. I got guys that are in our high risk operations unit, I want them to have cameras.”

The goal is to equip the patrol deputies within 90 days.

HPD estimates it will cost about $7 million to outfit its 3,900 uniformed officers with cameras. That includes the costly infrastructure, like storage.

Houston Assistant Police Chief Martha Montalvo said HPD so far has raised half the money.

“It helps when you have committed cash up front and it does bring better products,” she said.

The money comes from assets the DA’s office has seized from criminals.

Anderson said the initiative came out of a recent town hall meeting at a Houston church following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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The Harris County District Attorney’s office will write checks for $900,000 to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and $1 million to the Houston Police Department to purchase body cameras.

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