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Metro’s Police Department Will Start Using Body Cameras

Those cameras will record incidents at bus and rail stops and also on the HOV lanes.

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The first body cameras will be given to officers who work on the light rail platforms.
The first body cameras will be given to officers who work on the light rail platforms.

Houston Metro PD deals with incidents like disturbances on buses, riders getting harassed on the rail platform, or drivers who enter the HOV lanes illegally. Starting soon, those activities will be recorded.

Metro's police force handles incidents on the bus and rail lines, and on the HOV lanes.
Metro’s police force handles incidents on the bus and rail lines, and on the HOV lanes.

Metro's board has decided to spend $184,000 on body cameras. They'll eventually be used by close to 200 Metro Police officers.

Metro Police Chief Vera Bumpers says there's wasn't a particular incident that prompted the move, but they wanted to follow the lead of other departments.

"As we've seen throughout the nation, those departments that already have body cams, they've seen a drop in complaints from citizens," says Bumpers. "They've seen that it has helped them in their investigation process."

Bumpers says those cameras will be rolled out in phases, starting with the officers who patrol the rail platforms.

"We see this as an enhancement, not only for our police officers but our employees and our patrons," adds Bumpers. "And it's just another law enforcement tool."

The Houston Police Department started distributing body cameras to its officers earlier this month.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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