Skip to main content

Public Safety

white background

Public Safety

Criminal Justice Planning

Criminal Justice Planning


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:

  1. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Program
  2. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program
  3. Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Grant Program
  4. 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 are may be attended in-person at the AACOG Board Room at 2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78217.

CJAC will meet on April 11 and 12 to review and prioritize applications for the 2023 Criminal Justice Division grant programs. Both meetings will be entirely in-person, and applicants should arrive 45 - 60 minutes before their scheduled presentation time. Per the CJAC Guidelines, contract grant writers my be present, but the presentation should be delivered by a full-time staff member from the applying agency. Please see below for upcoming meeting information.

Upcoming Meeting:

Date: April 11, 2023 (VOCA) & April 12, 2023 (VAWA, JAG, JJDP)
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: AACOG Titan Building Board Room

Criminal Justice 2023 Grant Materials

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. Both opportunities to attend for the 2023 grant cycle have passed. If you would like to receive information for future grant cycles, please contact the AACOG staff at

AACOG utilizes SurveyMonkey Apply to receive and review CJD grant applications. Applicants can expect to use SurveyMonkey Apply to complete the mandatory Grant Summary Form and to attach their summary file from eGrants. Please note that all applications must be submitted and certified in eGrants by 5:00 PM on February 9th, 2023. Applicants will then be able to complete and submit the SurveyMonkey Apply requirements here by February 23rd, 2023.

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


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 closed, as the AACOG Board of Directors approved the 2023 SHSP priority listing on February 22nd, 2023.

Please refer to the following documents for more information on the 2023 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant process.

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). 

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 on February 9th, 2023 at 5:00pm CST in eGrants.

Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC)


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 next on February 14th to rank and prioritize applications for the 2023 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding stream.

Upcoming Meetings:

Date: March 15, 2023
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 & Michael Goodreau
  • 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.


Justin Monarez
Homeland Security/Criminal Justice Planning Coordinator

Matthew Reyes
Homeland Security Planner

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 (

Current Signatories:


  • 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


  • 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.


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

Contact Us

Marcela Medina
Public Safety Manager and Financial Analyst
Phone: (210) 362-5250

Physical Address
12625 Wetmore
Suite 436
San Antonio, TX 78247

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

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.

Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy

Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy

decoration image