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Criminal Justice Program

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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.

Oversight Responsibilities
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, 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. 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.
  • Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program: 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, sexual human trafficking, dating violence and stalking crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in such cases.
  • Juvenile Justice Local Grant Program: The purpose of the this funding is to support projects that prevent violence in school areas 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.



Contact Information
Kelly Schmidt, Senior Criminal Justice Planner
Phone 817-608-2383

 North Central Texas Council of Governments | 616 Six Flags Drive P.O. Box 5888 Arlington, TX 76005-5888
 Main Operator: (817) 640-3300 | Fax: (817) 640-7806