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Harris County Commissioner Wants Body Cameras For Constables

Harris County Commissioners Court approved a plan by the district attorney to purchase body cameras for sheriff’s deputies and Houston cops. But some Commissioners say it should go further.


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


Commissioner Steve Radack wants the county’s budget office to look at the cost of outfitting constable deputies with body cameras. His request came after the court unanimously approved District Attorney Devon Anderson’s plan to buy body cameras for Houston police officers and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies.

“I was pleased the district attorney took her seized asset fund, and used the $1.9 million for that purpose,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “And as you heard Commissioner Radack, ‘If we’re going to do it for the Sheriff and the Houston Police Department, then why don’t we do it for the constables too?’ And I’m sure we’ll find a way.” 

Anderson told commissioners that the cameras are too important to let cost keep law enforcement from having them.

“I wish I had unlimited funds, and I would try to put cameras on every police officer in Harris County, but I just don’t. I’ve got to spend it on other things as well. So I was really glad to hear Commissioner Radack suggest that they look into funding for the constable’s offices as well,” said Anderson.

The Sheriff’s office hopes to outfit deputies right away. The Houston Police Department would like to have them on all officers within four years.

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