Fort Bend County commissioners will vote on a body camera policy for law enforcement officers that receive funding from the county.
The policy is part of the agenda for Tuesday’s commissioners’ court meeting at the Fort Bend County Courthouse at 1 p.m.
County Judge KP George has been a supporter of body cameras and has been working to get those cameras on sheriff’s deputies and constables.
The policy would put body cameras on law enforcement officers in the Sheriff’s office, all four constable’s offices, the district attorney’s office, the county attorney’s office and the fire marshal’s office.
The policy was formed after commissioners formed a committee last October that would craft a countywide body camera use policy.
The policy states that every law enforcement office in the county, except those undercover, will wear a body camera that will record law enforcement activity, whether that is a traffic stop, a call for service or incidents and arrests.
The recorded video will be the property of Fort Bend County and under the Texas Public Information Act, the county district attorney or the county attorney will make the decision to make the video available to the public.
Also, Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan campaigned in the 2020 election that he would implement a body camera policy for county deputies.
Senate Bill 158 allocated $10 million in general revenue for law enforcement agencies statewide to apply for funding for body-worn camera programs. The bill also requires police departments to adopt policies addressing camera usage, video storage and maintenance.
In 2019, commissioners approved a resolution declaring intent to advance funding and reimburse expenditures for purchasing body cameras under a five-year agreement with annual costs of $50,000 for a total of $250,000. The funds come from sales taxes from the Aliana Management District.
Most police units in the county have body cameras, including Richmond and Rosenberg police departments, along with Lamar Consolidated ISD and Fort Bend ISD officers.
To watch the proceedings, go online to https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/governing-body/commissioners-court/commissioners-court-online.