Body Camera Pilot Program Underway
HOUSTON, January 16, 2015 - Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced, on Jan. 13, an aggressive plan to move forward with the full deployment of body worn cameras in the next 90 days.
“This goal is ambitious and may be subject to adjustment, however it reflects the urgent call from the community,” Sheriff Garcia said. “I firmly believes that body worn cameras increase transparency and promote good will amongst law enforcement and the community.”
Through the pilot process, the sheriff’s Office will develop a permanent policy for the use of body cameras. Sheriff Garcia committed to including input from members of the community in the development of that policy.
On Dec. 12, 2014 Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson approved the use of asset forfeiture funds to equip the Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department with body-worn cameras. These funds allow for the sheriff’s office to outfit 900 patrol deputies with these devices.