CORRECTION: METRO Board Appproves Body Cameras

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Release Date:
April 28, 2016

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on a New Bus Network,METRORail's expanded system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). METRO’s services also include: STAR VanpoolMETROLiftHOV/HOT lanesBike & Ride program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, and METRO's Next Bus Arrival texting.  


METRO Police to Enhance Service with Body Cameras

In a move to strengthen service, the METRO Board unanimously approved issuing body cameras to METRO police (MPD) officers as part of their regular uniforms.   

"Our officers are excited about this. We see this as an enhancement not only for our officers but for our employees and patrons," said MPD Chief Vera Bumpers.

Body Cam

The $184,125 contract with Watch Guard includes the purchase and implementation of the 195 cameras.  They will provide new surveillance capability for security purposes. Each camera costs $699, and all officers as well as sergeants will wear the units. 

"We are pleased to take this step.  We expect this program to enhance our police department from an investigative and training perspective as well as  strengthen community trust in law enforcement with increased transparency and accountability," said Board Chair Carrin Patman.

METRO Police Dept. Statistics

191 Officers

1,285 Square mile service area

4,500 Incidents handled monthly (on average)

Different Camera

Anticipated delivery and roll-out of the new security program is projected to take six months. 

Camera data is planned for storage on MPD's video management system for 90 days unless it is classified as evidence.  Storage of the video data will require the purchase of additional hardware with an estimated cost of $253,015.  


mpd connect

This measure is just one of several initiatives MPD has adopted to improve security and service on the system.  The MPD Connect app allows riders to reach police with just a tap of a button on their smart phones.