- Houston Police Department: 3,984 fleet, 199 dash cameras
- Texas Department of Public Safety: 4,411 fleet, 2,396 dash cameras
- Austin Police Department: 1,335 fleet, 510 dash cameras
- El Paso Police Department: 825 fleet, 365 dash cameras
- Fort Worth Police Department: 1,227 fleet, 326 dash cameras
- Dallas Police Department: 1,757 fleet, 960 dash cameras
Houston police have fewer dashboard cameras than any major Texas law enforcement agency, providing them with little of the recorded evidence that other departments have to determine whether an officer violated procedures or laws. ...Grits is a fan of dashcams and has long believed that the bodycams HPD will be "testing" should be universally adopted. I don't know whether they'll make dashcams "obsolete" - given how often dashcams conveniently seem to malfunction during critical incidents, personally I'd welcome the redundancy. But the arguments in favor of cameras far outweigh those against them, particularly now that costs have precipitously declined.
A recent Houston Chronicle investigation showed more than one-fourth of civilians shot by HPD from 2008 to 2012 were unarmed, and apparently none of the 121 shootings in that time frame were captured by dash cameras.
HPD Chief Charles McClelland this month announced a program to test 100 small cameras worn on the front of officers' uniforms, saying this newer technology has made dash cameras obsolete. He did not address the future of HPD's dashboard cameras.