The Criminal Justice Planning program operates through an inter-local agreement with the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor to:
Establish funding recommendations with consideration of local and state strategies through the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC)
Oversee grant processes and management
Provide technical assistance to applicants and grantees
The current grant programs that the CJAC oversees include:
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Program
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Grant Program
Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
Please note that all other grant programs from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division are reviewed directly by that office and are not subject to the AACOG/CJAC requirements.
Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC)
Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM, unless otherwise noted. CJAC Meetings may be attended in-person at the AACOG Board Room at 2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78217.
The CJAC will meet on December 13, 2023 to discuss program updates, and consider and act upon membership items. This meeting will be offered in person as well as virtually.
Date: December 13, 2023 Time: 1:30 PM Location: AACOG Titan Building Board Room
All CJD grant applicants are required to attend the AACOG CJ Planning Grant Workshop. Per the CJAC Guidelines, a staff member from the applying agency must be in attendance for this event. Contract grant writers may attend as well, but a representative from the organization itself must also be in attendance. Please use the registration link above to register for the upcoming Grant Workshops. If you would like to receive information for future grant cycles, please contact the AACOG staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning this grant season, AACOG will be utilizing Zengine II by WizeHive to receive and review CJD grant applications. Applicants can expect to use Zengine II to complete the mandatory Grant Summary Form and AACOG Staff to attach their summary file from eGrants. Please note that all applications must be submitted and certified in eGrants by 5:00 PM on a date to be determined (TBD) by the Office of the Governor (OOG).
Criminal Justice 2023 Project Rankings
The CJAC completed grant application scoring on April 11th and 12th. The Public Safety Staff reviewed the scores and verified anticipated funding amounts. This was submitted to the AACOG Board of Directors for approval on April 26th. The scores and recommended funding amounts are visible below. Please note that the Office of the Governor (OOG) has the discretion to change these funding amounts to align with state and federal priorities. Applicants can expect to receive funding award notices from the OOG by the end of September 2023.
AACOG Homeland Security provides guidance, coordination, development and implementation of programs pertaining to first responders, homeland security and emergency preparedness. The Homeland Security Staff provide support for emergency management planning activities in the region and assist with activities related to the Regional Mutual Aid Agreement.
In coordination with the Office of the Governor, Homeland Security Grants Division (OOG - HSGD), AACOG Homeland Security oversees the Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC). This body of local emergency management and subject matter experts assists with coordinating regional homeland security planning activities, advising the AACOG Board of Directors on such matters, and reviewing State Homeland Security Program grant applications.
The REPAC also consists of six topical subcommittees: Public Health, Hospital/EMS/Medical, Fire/HAZMAT/WMD, Law Enforcement/Fusion Center, Emergency Management, and Interoperable Communications. These groups assist SHSP applicants in providing technical reviews of their project applications, and also undertake various planning initiatives across the region.
Homeland Security Grant Information
The grant application window is now open from October 18th, 2023 through January 12th, 2024.
Please refer to the following documents for more information on the 2024 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant process which is scheduled to open 12/11/23 and close 2/8/24.
State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) – This program provides funding for local and statewide agencies to address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities where a nexus to terrorism exists. Local projects are funded after consideration of priorities established through a regional review process. Projects must address capability targets and gaps identified during the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process, and assessed in the Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR).
Please note that Texas Councils of Governments (COGs) review, rank, and recommend funding for applications in the SHSP-R and SHSP-LETPA programs. Applications for SHSP-NPA do not undergo the regional process. However, applications for all three funding streams are due (Tentative) on February 8th, 2024 at 5:00pm CST in eGrants.
The Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC) serves as the planning commission for any regional projects pertaining to emergency management, law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security in the Alamo Region. Unless noted otherwise, this group meetings every third Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm in the AACOG Board Room.
The REPAC will meet on February 21st to rank and prioritize applications for the 2024 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding stream.
Date: January 17, 2024 Time: 2:00 PM Location: AACOG Titan Building - Board Room
The Alamo Area Council of Governments administers the Regional Mutual Aid Agreement (RMA), which allows signatories to request aid from others in the form of law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and public works resources. Currently, 57 member governments and emergency service districts participate in this program. For details about the RMA, please contact Mitchell Mensinger (email@example.com).
Emergency Service Districts:
Bexar County ESD 5
Bexar County ESD 7
Bexar County ESD 11
Bexar County ESD 12
Comal County ESD 6
Wilson County ESD 1
Wilson County ESD 3
City of Alamo Heights
City of Balcones Heights
City of Boerne
City of Castle Hills
City of Castroville
City of Charlotte
City of China Grove
City of Christine
City of Cibolo
City of Converse
City of Devine
City of Floresville
City of Fredericksburg
City of Garden Ridge
City of Grey Forest
City of Helotes
City of Hondo
City of Jourdanton
City of Kerrville
City of Leon Valley
City of Live Oak
City of Lytle
City of New Braunfels
City of Olmos Park
City of Pleasanton
City of Poteet
City of Runge
City of San Antonio
City of Schertz
City of Seguin
City of Selma
City of Shavano Park
City of Terrell Hills
City of Universal City
City of Windcrest
Regional 9-1-1 Program
The 9-1-1 program works with regional 9-1-1 Addressing Coordinators, local and wireless telephone.
The mission of the AACOG 9-1-1 program is to work with regional and county 9-1-1 Addressing Coordinators, local and wireless telephone companies, telecommunications service providers. This collaborative effort ensure every 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), and that each call is managed correctly and successfully.
AACOG's 9-1-1 goal is to equip our PSAP's with the most up-to-date equipment and software in each of the seven counties. This process will ensure that all 9-1-1 calls are routed, answered, and located on the region's geographic information system (GIS) maps for proper handling of the emergency at hand.
Current projects include:
Distributing training and public education materials
Implementing an integrated network system
Locating calls automatically through GIS and mapping
Managing rural addressing and 9-1-1 databases
Monitoring PSAP and databases
Upgrading PSAP equipment
9-1-1 Emergency Call Centers
The 9-1-1 emergency call centers are equipped and administered by AACOG for seven counties in the region - Atascosa, Bandera, Frio, Gillespie, Karnes, Kendall, and Wilson counties
The Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy offers basic peace officer, basic correction officer, and basic telecommunications certifications for individuals seeking licensure through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Please visit our website here.