Vera BumpersMETRO Police Department, Chief of Police
In November 2014, Vera Bumpers was appointed as the first woman Chief of Police at METRO. As Chief of Police, she leads the METRO Police Department, the second largest transit law enforcement agency in Texas. Chief Bumpers is responsible for leading approximately 192 special-purpose peace officers and nearly 80 civilian employees whose purpose is to safeguard METRO, its customers, and employees by providing police services throughout METRO’s transportation system.
In 2016, Chief Bumpers was elected as the Second Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), a forty year old organization that was conceived to provide policy and perspective to crime in urban low income communities. She will ascend to be the position of National President in 2018.
Chief Bumpers has received several recognitions for her achievements, including being named one of Houston’s 2016 Top Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs. Additionally, the Houston Chapter of Women in Transportation Seminar gave her the 2015 Trailblazer Award. Bumpers has been fully engaged in the community, currently serving as the Chair of the Houston Community College Police Academy Advisory Board and a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Houston Recovery Center.
In addition to her Bachelors from Texas State University in Criminal Justice, she holds a Master’s of Science in Education from Prairie View A&M University. She is also a graduate of the 230th Session of the FBI Academy. Chief Bumpers member of International Association Chiefs of Police, Texas Police Chiefs Association, Women in Transportation Seminar, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Links, Inc.