Meet MPD and Support Local Mental Health

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Release Date:       December 10, 2014

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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, METRO is currently expanding its 13-mile Red Line with two new lines under construction. METRO’s services also include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains 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 the new digital, interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].


MPD Chief Invites Public to Engage and Support Mental Health Mission

MPD Meet and Greet at TMC TC Poster

METRO's newly appointed Police Chief Vera Bumpers is inviting the public to meet her officers and bring a donation that will enhance the life of patients in treatment at the county's busy psychiatric hospital. Chief Bumpers, who has been with the force for more than 30 years, is making staff available to meet the public and accept donations destined for the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (UTHCPC) patients. 

"Our officers understand - from everyday experiences - the necessity of mental health services for all our constituents. What we hope to accomplish with our meet-up and collection drive is familiarize the public with our police force, and support an agency that provides vital services to thousands of families regardless of their circumstances," said Chief Bumpers, the first African-American and first female to lead the agency's police force.

Officers, including Chief Bumpers, will be on-hand to accept new items such as:

  • Personal hygiene products (non-aerosol only)
  • T-shirts and socks
  • Sneakers (size 7 and up)
  • Dominos and playing cards
  • Crossword puzzles and coloring books 


Supplies collected on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Texas Medical Center Transit Center (6910 Fannin at Pressler) between 7 and 9 a.m. will be given to UTHCPC staff and volunteers for patient use.

UTHCPC multidisciplinary staff include psychiatric physicians, non-psychiatric physicians, psychiatric residents, psychologists, nurses, psychiatric technicians, social work clinicians, pharmacists, dieticians and chaplains. Physicians are on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth.