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Criminal Justice Planning

Criminal Justice Planning

Mission

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

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC)

Meetings

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM, unless otherwise noted. CJAC Meetings are may be attended in-person at the AACOG Board Room at 2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78217. Please see below for upcoming meeting information.  

Upcoming Meeting:

Date: November 9, 2022
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: AACOG Titan Building - The San Antonio Room

Criminal Justice 2023 Grant Materials

Please note that all dates and deadlines are tentative until the Office of the Governor releases the requests for applications (RFAs) in mid-December.

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. To register, please use the following link: AACOG CJ Grant Workshop Registration.

Criminal Justice 2022 Project Rankings

The CJAC completed grant application scoring on April 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 25th. 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 2022.

Homeland Security

Homeland Security Program

Mission

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. Please refer to the following documents for more information on the 2023 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant process. Per the REPAC Policies and Procedures, applicants are required to attend a mandatory grant workshop in the month of December. To register for that, please use the following link: SHSP Grant Workshop Registration.

Please note that the Office of the Governor does not release the Requests for Applications until mid-December. As such, all dates deadlines are tentative until then.

Office of the Governor SHSP Documents

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). 

Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC)

Meetings

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.

Upcoming Meetings:

Date: December 21, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: AACOG Titan Building - Board Room

REPAC Subcommittees

The REPAC Subcommittees undertake various planning initiatives across the 13 counties within the AACOG region, and include the following groups:

  • Emergency Management - Co-Chairs: Bryce Houlton & Michael Morlan
  • Fire/HAZMAT/WMD - Co-Chairs: Patrick Lewis & Rey Hacker
  • Interoperable Communications - Co-Chairs: Robert Adelman & Jeff Wendling
  • Law Enforcement/Fusion Center - Co:Chairs: Johnny Siemens & Louis Lopez
  • Hospital/EMS/Medical - Co-Chairs: Eric Epley & Angela Morgan
  • Public Health - Co-Chairs: Sammy Sikes & Roger Pollock

For more information about these groups and their meeting times, please reach out to the AACOG Homeland Security Staff.

Contact

Justin Monarez
Homeland Security/Criminal Justice Planning Coordinator
Email

Matthew Reyes
Homeland Security Planner
Email

Mutual Aid

Regional Mutual Aid

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 Matthew Reyes (mreyes@aacog.com).

Current Signatories:

Counties:

  • Atascosa County
  • Bandera County
  • Bexar County
  • Comal County
  • Frio County
  • Gonzales County
  • Guadalupe County
  • Karnes County
  • Kendall County
  • Kerr County
  • McMullen County
  • Medina County
  • Wilson County

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

Municipalities:

  • 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
911 Program

Regional 9-1-1 Program

The 9-1-1 program works with regional 9-1-1 Addressing Coordinators, local and wireless telephone.

Service Area & Statistics

AACOG administers the 9-1-1 program for Atascosa, Bandera, Frio, Gillespie, Karnes, Kendall, McMullen, and Wilson counties based on guidelines from the Commission on State Emergency Communications.

Mission

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.

Goal

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.

Projects

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

Contact Us

Marcela Medina
Public Safety Manager and Financial Analyst
mmedina@aacog.com
Phone: (210) 362-5250

Physical Address
12625 Wetmore
Suite 436
San Antonio, TX 78247
Directions

Mailing Address
2700 NE Loop 410
Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78217
Phone: (210) 362-5291 Fax: (210) 824-5881
Emergency: (210) 362-5290

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy

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.

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