The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Criminal Justice Program assists local governments and non-profit entities with the development of programs and projects designed to address particular crime related community problems.
The program also coordinates the grant application review and priority setting process required by the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD), which provides funding for the program.
CJD develops guidelines and rules, monitors grant program operations and fiscal compliance, and administers the grants awarded by the Governor.
At the regional level, NCTCOG's Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee (CJPDC) provides overall policy guidance to the Criminal Justice Program. The committee is also responsible for reviewing and prioritizing the four funding categories listed below. The committee representation includes concerned citizens or parents, drug abuse prevention, municipalities, counties, education, juvenile justice, law enforcement, mental health, non-profit organizations, prosecution/courts, and victim services. Committee members are appointed by NCTCOG's Executive Board.
Grant Application Categories Facilitated by NCTCOG’s Criminal Justice Program
- General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program: The purpose of this funding is to provide services and assistance directly to victims of crime to speed their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process.
- Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program: The purpose of this funding is for projects that promote a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to improving the criminal justice systems response to violent crimes against women, including domestic violence, commercial sex trafficking, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
- Juvenile Justice Grant Program: The purpose of the this funding is to support projects that prevent violence in and around schools and improve the juvenile justice system through developing effective education, training, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency.
- Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: The purpose of this funding is to promote public safety, reduce crime, and improve the criminal justice system.
Kelly Schmidt, Criminal Justice Program Administrator