Criminal Justice

Program Description

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Criminal Justice Program assists local governments, non-profit entities, schools, and other community partners with the development of 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 Public Safety Office (PSO), which provides funding for the program.

Oversight Responsibilities 

PSO develops guidelines and rules, monitors grant program operations and fiscal compliance, and administers the grants awarded by the Office of 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 funding categories listed below. 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
  • Criminal Justice Program (formerly known as Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program)
  • Juvenile Justice  and Truancy Prevention Grant Program
  • Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program


Contact Information

Kelly Schmidt, Criminal Justice Program Administrator
Phone 817-608-2383

Criminal Justice Grants

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Grant Management

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Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee

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Regional Strategic Planning

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Staff Contacts

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Grant Application Workshop Information

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