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 Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Governor's Office, 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 all criminal justice funding requests. The committee representation includes concerned citizens or parents, drug abuse prevention, 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 Program Categories
- General Victim Assistance – Direct Services Programs: The purpose of this program is to provide services and assistance directly to victims of crime to speed their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process. Services may include the following: responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after a victimization; assisting victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and providing victims with safety and security.
- Violent Crimes Against Women Criminal Justice and Training Projects – Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking Programs: The purpose of this funding is to assist in developing and strengthening effective law enforcement, prosecution and court strategies to combat family violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in such cases.
- Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs: The purpose of the this program is to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools and to improve the juvenile justice system and develop effective education, training, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency.
- Justice Assistance Grant Programs: The purpose of this program is to reduce crime and improve the criminal justice system.