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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.
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:
- Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program
- Juvenile Justice and Truancy Prevention Grant Program
- Criminal Justice Program (formerly known as Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program)
- Residential and Community-Based Services for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Program:
- Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)-Ready Facilities Program
Kelly Schmidt, Criminal Justice Program Administrator